Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

fractious

Definition:(adjective) Stubbornly resistant to authority or control.
Synonyms:recalcitrant, refractory
Usage: The young horse was a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness; no one could ride her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Comma

The comma ( , ) is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in English. Generally speaking, commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what? More...
Article of the Day

Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude are a husband-and-wife team famous for creating large-scale environmental art installations around the world. Fabric is an integral part of their art, as it is often used to veil buildings, bridges, monuments, and natural features like trees and coastlines. Their works include the wrapping of Berlin's Reichstag building, the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, and, recently, The Gates in New York City's Central Park. How did they fund the $21 million New York project? More...
This Day in History

Mississippi Burning: FBI Locates Remains of Slain Civil Rights Workers (1964)

In the summer of 1964, young civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner travelled to Mississippi to help African Americans register to vote. On June 21, they disappeared. A month and a half later, the FBI found their bodies buried on a nearby farm. The Neshoba County deputy sheriff and 17 others, all Ku Klux Klan members, were indicted for the crime. Seven were convicted in 1967. One suspect whose trial ended in a hung jury was retried in 2005 and convicted of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, the "Lion of Bombay" (1845)

Mehta was a leading Indian lawyer, politician, and activist during the time of British rule in India. Though he was not directly opposed to the crown, he advocated for greater Indian autonomy and self-government. He is considered the father of municipal government in Bombay and promoted education, sanitation, and healthcare reforms in the city and around India. In 1885, he helped found the Indian National Congress, and he later served as its president. What was his opinion of English culture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

one-up (someone)

To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Emancipation Day (Hutchinson, Kansas) (2018)

Emancipation Day typically commemorates the day African-American slaves were freed in the United States. That event is celebrated annually in Hutchinson, Kansas, on the first weekend in August. The weekend typically kicks off with a social event on Friday night and features a parade on Saturday morning. Following the parade and opening ceremonies, participants gather for a picnic in the park with food and drink vendors. Entertainment includes concerts featuring jazz, blues, or Gospel performers, and the weekend concludes with an ice cream social on Sunday afternoon. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: proportion

ad valorem - A type of customs duties, from Latin, meaning "in proportion to the value." More...

analogy - Comes from Greek analogia, "a proportion," such as 2/10 = 10/X, a way of calculating unknown quantities. More...

bonsai - Comes from Japanese words meaning "tray planting" and involves growing and pruning so that all parts of the plant—flowers, leaves, and stems—are in proportion. More...

reason - From Latin ratio, "thinking," and associated with the ideas of right order, proportion, or harmony. More...

In the News

Global Blindness Set to 'Triple by 2050'

The number of blind people across the world is set to triple within the next four decades, researchers suggest. Writing in Lancet Global Health, they predict cases will rise from 36 million to 115 million by 2050, if treatment is not improved by better ... More...
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