Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

plexus

Definition:(noun) A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics.
Synonyms:rete
Usage: The bullet missed his cardiac plexus by an inch, leaving all the nerves intact.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Adjectives

Collective adjectives are nominal adjectives (adjectives that act as nouns) used to refer to a group of people based on a characteristic that they share. What are some common collective adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

The Anatomy Act of 1832

Prior to 1832, only the corpses of executed murderers were allowed to be dissected in the UK, but with the rise of medical science and the scaling back of executions, demand came to outstrip supply. The British Anatomy Act, passed in response to public concern about the illegal trade in corpses, was an act of Parliament that increased the supply of cadavers legally available for medical research and education. What were "resurrectionists," and how were they impacted by the Anatomy Act? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Battleship Yamato Sunk (1945)

The largest battleship ever constructed, the Yamato was the lead ship of the Yamato class of battleships that served with the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. After taking part in the Battle of the Philippine Sea and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Yamato was sunk during Operation Ten-Go, the last major Japanese naval operation in the Pacific Theater, while on its way to face the Allied fleet at Okinawa. How did the Allies know about the planned attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Gabriela Mistral (1889)

Born Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, Mistral was a Chilean poet who combined writing with a career as a cultural minister, diplomat, and professor. She established her reputation as a poet in 1914, when she won a prize for "Sonetos de la Muerte"—"Sonnets of Death." Her passionate lyrics, with love of children and of the downtrodden as principal themes, are collected in many volumes. In 1945, Mistral became the first Latin American to be honored in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

by stealth

In an undetected way; silently and secretly. More...
Today's Holiday

Carling Sunday (2019)

Carling Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent, and is also known as Passion Sunday. Its name possibly derives from "care." It is traditional in Great Britain to eat a dish of parched peas cooked in butter, called a carling, said to be in memory of grain that Jesus's disciples picked on the Sabbath. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: twigs

drey - A squirrel's nest of twigs in a tree. More...

broom - Was first called a besom, but evolved because many of them were made of twigs from the wild broom shrub. More...

lop - The smaller branches and twigs of a tree. More...

whiskers - Originally the word for a bundle of feathers, twigs, etc. used for whisking (from "whisk"), it then came to denote the projecting hairs or bristles of mammals. More...

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