Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

indisposed

Definition:(adjective) Somewhat ill or prone to illness.
Synonyms:ailing, peaked, poorly, under the weather, unwell, sickly, seedy
Usage: The princess is indisposed and has cancelled her engagements for the week to allow herself time to recuperate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectival Adjuncts

Adjectival adjuncts are just adjectives that come immediately before the noun they describe. What are they are more commonly referred to as? More...
Article of the Day

Satyagraha

Satyagraha is the philosophy of passive resistance introduced by Mohandas Gandhi in South Africa in 1906 and successfully employed in the Indian independence movement. Satyagraha involves the refusal to submit to anything perceived as wrong, while adhering to the principle of nonviolence in order to maintain the tranquility of mind required for insight. Meaning "insistence on truth" in Sanskrit, Satyagraha played a significant role in what other civil rights movement across the globe? More...
This Day in History

The Bisbee Deportation (1917)

In June 1917, miners in Bisbee, Arizona, engaged in a strike to improve wages and working conditions. On July 12, 2,000 vigilantes organized by the county sheriff illegally deported more than 1,000 of the striking union workers and others, including Americans and immigrants from Mexico and elsewhere. They were brought to a baseball field, loaded onto a cattle train, and taken 16 hours through the desert. They were finally dropped off in Hermanas, New Mexico. What happened to them next? More...
Today's Birthday

Josiah Wedgwood (1730)

An English potter, Wedgwood greatly improved the quality of contemporary pottery, specializing in cream-colored earthenware made famous by his Wedgwood company. Because smallpox had permanently weakened one of his knees, he concentrated on designing pottery rather than making it. He built a factory town, called Etruria, in 1769, and his methods transformed pottery from a minor industry into one of enormous aesthetic appeal. He was also an active abolitionist. Who was his famous grandson? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

not as black as (one) is painted

Not as evil, malicious, or malignant as one is described or believed to be. More...
Today's Holiday

Orange Day (Orangemen's Day) (2018)

Sometimes referred to simply as The Twelfth, this is the anniversary of the Battle of Boyne. After James II, who was Roman Catholic, was deposed in 1668 by William of Orange, a Protestant, each side raised an army and clashed on the banks of the Boyne River. The Protestants won a decisive victory and formed the Orange Order, committed to maintaining the link with Protestant England. As Irishmen left Ireland and England for the New World, lodges of Orangemen were formed in Canada and the United States, where Orange Day is still observed by Protestant Irish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interpretation

eisegesis - The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas. More...

hermeneutic - An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture. More...

case-sensitive - If something is case-sensitive, there is a different meaning or interpretation based on upper- and lower-cased letters. More...

semiotics - The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. More...

In the News

Dinosaurs Couldn't Stick Out Theirs Tongues, New Study Shows

Reconstructions of dinosaurs at theme parks and museums often show their tongues waving — a feature that is completely incorrect. According to new research, published in the journal PLoS ONE, dinosaur tongues were probably rooted to the bottoms of ... More...
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