Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

cataplasm

Definition:(noun) A medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation etc.
Synonyms:poultice, plaster
Usage: In an effort to reduce the inflammation, they wrapped the horse's leg in a cataplasm made of leaves.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Conjugate "Be"

The verb "be" is unique among verbs for having a huge variety of conjugations. Not only does it have irregular inflections for the past simple tense and past participle, but it also has specific forms depending on what two things? More...
Article of the Day

The Lotus Eaters

In Greek mythology, the Lotophagi, or lotus-eaters, were a race of people from an island near North Africa. Lotus fruits and flowers were the dominant plant life on the island and the primary source of food for its inhabitants, a peaceful, apathetic people calmed by the plant's narcotic effects. The Lotophagi have long been a popular literary referent, appearing in such works as Homer's epic the Odyssey, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Lotus-Eaters," and what landmark modernist novel? More...
This Day in History

Alexis St. Martin Becomes Medical Marvel (1822)

In 1822, St. Martin, a Canadian fur trapper, was accidentally shot with a musket at close range, leaving a fist-sized hole in his stomach. Dr. William Beaumont, a US Army surgeon, saved his life. However, the wound never healed properly, and the small hole that remained enabled Beaumont to experiment on digestion by inserting and removing food to study the effects of gastric juices. Why, when St. Martin died at age 86, did his family wait to bury him until his body began to decompose? More...
Today's Birthday

William Thomas Cosgrave (1880)

Cosgrave was the first prime minister of the Irish Free State, which was created following a 1921 treaty with Britain. Serving from 1922 to 1932, he was able to maintain a democratic government despite several crises and the tensions related to the Irish struggle for sovereignty. Cosgrave was elected to British Parliament in 1918 but protested British rule by refusing to take his seat. Two years earlier, his role in the Easter Rising of 1916 earned him a death sentence. How did he avoid it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Trying to stop slanderers' tongues is like trying to put gates to the open plain.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

on in years

Advanced in age; old or becoming old. More...
Today's Holiday

South Korea Memorial Day (2018)

South Korea (officially the Republic of Korea) has designated June 6 as a national holiday to honor soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives for their country during the Korean War, 1950-1953.The main ceremony of remembrance is held at the National Cemetery in the capital city, Seoul. Throughout the country, officials and citizens pray and lay flowers at the graves of the war dead. Citizens display the flag of South Korea, which is called Tae-guk-gi, on the front doors of their homes to commemorate the civilians and soldiers who died in war. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tobacco

blend - A combination of different types or grades of fabric, spirits, tea, tobacco, etc. More...

tabac - A color, from the French for tobacco. More...

cud, quid - The etymological base of cud appears to be "glutinous substance"; quid—"piece of tobacco for chewing"—is a variant of cud. More...

petunia - It is related to the tobacco plant, hence its name, from Portuguese petum, "tobacco." More...

In the News

King Tut's Dagger Made of Iron from a Meteorite

A dagger buried alongside King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, according to research published in the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science. Using X-ray fluorescence, a team of researchers, led by Daniela Comelli of the Polytechnic ... More...
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