Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

precede

Definition:(verb) Furnish with a preface or introduction.
Synonyms:preface, premise, introduce
Usage: She always precedes her lectures with a joke.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs that Take Both "To" and "At"

Many verbs are able to take multiple prepositions after them. However, this often results in a change in the sentence's meaning. The most common of these pairs is "to" and "at"—a large number of verbs are able to take both. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

The Elvis Taxon

In paleontology, an Elvis taxon is an organism or group of organisms that has been misidentified as having re-emerged in the fossil record after a period of presumed extinction. Elvis taxa are not actually descendants of the original taxon, rather, they have simply developed a similar morphology through convergent evolution. Coined in 1993, the term is a reference to the many sightings of Elvis Presley after his death, as well as to his many impersonators. What is one example of an Elvis taxon? More...
This Day in History

Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)

Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as his ward. Several countries objected to the pope's decision and called for the boy to be returned to his parents. What became of Mortara? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940)

Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay. She finished the 100-meter dash in world-record time but was not credited with the record. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Amnesty, n.: The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

mission creep

The gradual expansion or widening in scope of a project, action, or task, especially a military operation, beyond its initial goal or objective. More...
Today's Holiday

Stonehenge Summer Solstice Ceremony (2018)

Stonehenge, the ancient stone circle located in Wiltshire, England, is believed to have been built between about 3050 and 1600 BCE. At the Summer Solstice, when viewed from the center of the monument, the sun rises through the entrance and just between two of the large stones. Today, modern Druids and other Neopagans gather at Stonehenge for Summer Solstice ceremonies. Wearing white robes and scarlet hoods, when the first rays of the rising sun shine on the Altar Stone, they walk in procession around the circle, gathering at the Altar Stone to recite prayers and salute the rising sun. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wire

muselet - The wire that holds a champagne cork in place. More...

reinforced concrete - Has wire or metal bars embedded to increase its tensile strength. More...

down to the wire - Alludes to the imaginary wire at the finish line in a horse race. More...

under the wire - Meaning "just in time," it is also from horse racing. More...

In the News

Strange Creatures Discovered off Australian Coast

Researchers working off the coast of Australia are cataloging rarely seen, and even some new, species that lurk in the depths of the ocean. International scientists on a 58-member team on board CSIRO's research ship, are showing off what they've ... More...
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