Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, August 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

petrolatum

Definition:(noun) A semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum; used in medicinal ointments and for lubrication.
Synonyms:mineral jelly, petroleum jelly
Usage: While her friends bought expensive designer lip balms, she stuck with her grandmother's remedy, a big jar of petrolatum.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Exclamation Points with Onomatopoeias

When we use onomatopoeias (words that phonetically imitate particular sounds), we can use an exclamation point to emphasize the intensity of the sound. Where is the exclamation point placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Doughnuts or Donuts?

Regardless of how you spell this sweet, deep-fried treat—doughnut or donut—its origins remain a mystery. Some claim that Dutch settlers brought it to North America. Others maintain that a Danish sea captain impaled a fried cake on a wheel spoke to free his hands during a storm and, thus, invented the doughnut's hole. The two most common types are ring-shaped doughnuts and filled doughnuts, flattened spheres injected with a sweet filling. In what countries can you get a meat-filled doughnut? More...
This Day in History

Brazilian Runner Attacked by Spectator during Olympic Marathon (2004)

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Vanderlei de Lima was on track to become the first Brazilian to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon, leading the pack in the last miles of the race, when he was pushed into the crowd by a spectator named Cornelius Horan, a defrocked Irish priest. De Lima lost about 10 seconds in the incident and finished third. Brazil appealed for de Lima to be awarded a gold medal but was denied. What other sporting event had Horan previously disrupted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910)

When the Great Depression hit, Thomas was forced to set aside his dreams of becoming a doctor and instead found work as a laboratory assistant to American surgeon Alfred Blalock. He spent the next 34 years working with Blalock and was instrumental in developing a pioneering surgical treatment for tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart malformation. Despite his groundbreaking work, he went unrecognized for many years due to racial prejudices. What honorary degree was conferred upon him in 1976? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man is by nature a political animal.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

be put in (one's) place

To be humbled or have one's dignity lowered (by someone); to be made aware that one is not as important, respected, influential, etc., as one thinks. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (2018)

St. John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod because he had denounced Herod's marriage to Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Philip. Herodias' daughter by a former marriage, by legend called Salome, pleased Herod so much with her dancing that he swore to give her whatever she wanted. At her mother's urging she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist has been celebrated by Christians since the fourth century. The observance started at Sebaste (Samaria), where the Baptist was believed to have been buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pan

casserole - Came from casse, "pan" or "ladle," which probably comes from Greek kuathos, "serving cup"; casserole is a diminutive of casse, "spoonlike container" (cassette is also a diminutive of casse). More...

paella - The rice dish is Spanish for "frying pan," from Latin patella, "little pan." More...

pan, brain pan - The upper part of the skull has been called the pan or brain pan. More...

wok - Derives from a Cantonese word meaning "pan." More...

In the News

Could this Ancient Complex be the Lost Palace of Sparta?

More than 150 archeological excavations have taken place in Greece so far this year, but two recent digs may have just made history of their own. They may have discovered the lost palace of Sparta. Archaeologists have unearthed a stunning 10-room complex... More...
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