Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 18, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-restraint

Definition:(noun) Restraint of one's emotions, desires, or inclinations; self-control.
Synonyms:temperateness
Usage: She little guessed the struggle within my breast, or the effort of self-restraint which held me back.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Gerunds

Because they act like nouns, gerunds can be used as the subject of a sentence, the subject complement of the linking verb "be," the object of a preposition, or the object of a verb. They can also be used to form what? More...
Article of the Day

Offender Profiling

Featured in many popular films and TV shows, offender profiling is a method of identifying the perpetrator of a crime by analyzing the circumstances of an offense and then forming a description of the offender based on personality traits linked with the commission of such a crime. Though many criminals have been captured with the help of profiling, critics argue that it can distract from potential suspects who do not "fit the profile." What murderers have been caught with the aid of profiling? More...
This Day in History

Priest Urbain Grandier Burned at the Stake for Witchcraft (1634)

Grandier was a 17th-century French Catholic priest who was accused of bewitching the nuns of the Ursuline convent. Although he was acquitted by an ecclesiastical council, Grandier had published scathing criticisms of Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister and virtual ruler of France, who arranged to have him re-tried. Accused of having entered a pact with the devil, Grandier was tortured, found guilty, and burned at the stake. What was presented as evidence of the Grandier's diabolical pact? More...
Today's Birthday

Liviu Librescu (1930)

A Holocaust survivor, Professor Liviu Librescu had seen more than his fair share of death before April 16, 2007—Holocaust Remembrance Day—when a gunman tried to enter his classroom at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech. Librescu jumped into action, blocking the door to give his students time to escape through the windows. His heroic actions cost him his life; he was shot five times by the gunman. How many of his students did he manage to save? More...
Quotation of the Day
Never are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

penguin suit

slang A man's formal evening wear, i.e., a tuxedo. More...
Today's Holiday

Mohegan Wigwam Festival (2018)

This Mohegan festival, which takes place in Uncasville, Connecticut, has evolved from the pre-Columbian thanksgiving ceremony held by the Indians to thank their creator for the corn harvest. The Wigwam Festival, now billed as a "homecoming"—a time for Mohegan Indians living in all parts of the world to come home and renew their roots—is an opportunity to conduct tribal business, such as the installation of new chieftains and medicine women, and to update one another on tribal matters. Other events include traditional dancing, storytelling, and arts and crafts displays. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: transfer

translate - Early on, it meant "transfer." More...

emancipate - Derives from Latin e-, "out," and mancipare, "deliver as property; transfer, sell." More...

metaphor - From Greek metapherein, "to transfer," as it is a word or phrase transferred from one context (meaning) to another. More...

transistor - A blend of transfer and resistor. More...

In the News

Mushrooms are bustin' out all over

If you’ve been outdoors in the past few weeks and it seems like the ground is suddenly sprinkled with little multi-colored domes, don’t be surprised. The dry start to the summer followed by consistent rains since mid-July have been perfect for luring mushrooms ... More...
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