Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

placeman

Definition:(noun) One who has a political appointment in the government.
Synonyms:placeseeker
Usage: They viewed the placeman as a colorless bureaucrat.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Non-Restrictive Appositives

Appositives that are not essential to the meaning of the sentence are known as "non-restrictive appositives." How do we set non-restrictive appositives apart from the rest of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Struthiomimus: An "Ostrichosaurus"?

Struthiomimus was a long-legged, possibly feathered, ostrich-like dinosaur that lived in the area that is now Alberta, Canada, during the late Cretaceous Period, approximately 75 million years ago. With a slender neck and a toothless beak, it is believed that the bipedal dinosaur's only defenses against predators were its powerful legs, which gave Struthiomimus the ability to run rapidly, much like an ostrich. How fast was it? More...
This Day in History

The Swiss Confederation Is Formed (1291)

Despite its ethnic and religious diversity, Switzerland has maintained one of the world's oldest democracies for more than 700 years. Concerned about the encroaching Habsburg Empire, the three mountain communes of Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden formed a defensive league in 1291, laying the foundations of the Swiss Confederation. Today, Switzerland is well known for its neutrality and reluctance to join the European Union. In 2002, it became one of the last nations to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (10 BCE)

The nephew of Tiberius, Claudius became the Roman emperor unexpectedly, after Caligula was murdered. Sickly, unattractive, and scholarly, he tended to disfavor the upper classes and cater to the freedmen. He expanded the frontiers, invading Britain in 43 CE. He spent lavishly on public works and extended Roman citizenship throughout the empire. Having executed his scheming third wife, he married his niece, who then likely poisoned him. What modern diagnoses might explain his lifelong ill health? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ignorance is not so damnable as humbug; but when it prescribes pills it may happen to do more harm.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

receive (one's) just deserts

To receive that which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. (Note: The phrase is often misspelled as "just desserts," due to the pronunciation of "deserts" and "desserts" being the same in this context.) More...
Today's Holiday

Trinidad and Tobago Emancipation Day (2017)

Since 1985, August 1 has been celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago as Emancipation Day, rather than Columbus Discovery Day, as in former years. Slavery was abolished in 1833 throughout the British Empire, and eventually slaves in the colony of Trinidad and Tobago were freed. The day begins with an all-night vigil and includes religious services, cultural events, processions past historic landmarks, addresses by dignitaries, and an evening of shows with a torchlight procession to the National Stadium. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: student

educand - A student. More...

grammatist - A student of grammar. More...

oenologist - A "student of wine." More...

civilian - First a student or practitioner of civil law. More...

In the News

Stranger than Fiction: Ants that Look like the Dragons in 'Game of Thrones'

Sometimes reality is more imaginative than fiction. Itty-bitty versions of two of Daenerys Targaryen's dragons actually exist outside of the "Game of Thrones" TV series in a more mundane form: They're ants. With spikes poking up from their backs, the scientists ... More...
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