Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

reaper

Definition:(noun) Someone who helps to gather the harvest.
Synonyms:harvester
Usage: He was laying about him lustily with his sheath-knive, lopping the canes right and left, like a reaper, and soon made quite a clearing around us.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Punctuating Sentences

The most common use of periods is to punctuate the end of sentences. This occurs with almost all the types of sentences we use. However, if we wanted to indicate an especially strong emotion, or show that the speaker is shouting, what mark of punctuation would we typically use instead? More...
Article of the Day

The Year without a Summer

It is now widely thought that the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Tambora—the largest in over 1,600 years—led to a widespread reduction in temperature in 1816 that destroyed crops and prompted food shortages and famine across the globe. The event became the primary motivation for western expansion in America, and the lack of horse feed inspired research into horseless travel. What novel is said to have been written by an author forced to stay inside by the unseasonable weather in July 1816? More...
This Day in History

Mae West Sentenced For Obscenity (1927)

In 1926, American actress Mae West, mistress of the double entendre, began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, the first of which was the sensation-creating Sex. The notorious production did not go over well with city officials, who prosecuted West on morals charges. She served eight days of her 10-day sentence, getting off two days for good behavior. Still, the punishment did not deter her from tackling taboo subjects, as evidenced by her next play, named what? More...
Today's Birthday

Jayne Mansfield (1933)

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s, Mansfield reportedly spoke five languages, played the violin, and claimed an IQ of over 150. However, the provocative image she presented to the public was carefully crafted, and she was best known for her film roles as a "blonde bombshell" and her many appearances in photographs. Her tragic death at the age of 34 in a car accident led to the mandating of underride guards on tractor-trailer trucks in the US. What well-known actress is her daughter? More...
Quotation of the Day
A very few—as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men—serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

be more trouble than it's worth

To not be important, useful, or beneficial enough to justify the effort or difficulty that something requires. More...
Today's Holiday

Primrose Day (2018)

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath of primroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism which Disraeli had championed. The organization's influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joint

fishplate - A type of metal plate used to strengthen a joint (from fish, meaning "mend"). More...

seam - Etymologically, a joint made by sewing. More...

ankylosis - Stiffness or immobility in a joint. More...

arthralgia, arthritis - Arthralgia is pain in a joint, from Greek arthron, "joint," which also gives us the word arthritis. More...

In the News

Bad News, Night Owls: You Might Have a Higher Risk of Dying Early

Do you wake up bright eyed and bushy-tailed, greeting the sunrise with cheer and vigor? Or are you up late into the night and dread the sound of your alarm clock? We call this inherent tendency to prefer certain times of day your “chronotype” (chrono ... More...
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