Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

auxiliary

Definition:(adjective) Functioning in a supporting capacity.
Synonyms:subsidiary, supplemental, supplementary
Usage: The main library and its auxiliary branches serviced the needs of the large community.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs and Punctuation

When we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb, they are traditionally separated with a semicolon. It is also acceptable to use a period and keep them as two discrete sentences. Either way, the conjunctive adverb typically begins the second clause and is followed by what? More...
Article of the Day

Sigils

A sigil is a symbol, usually composed of a complex combination of meaningful symbols or geometric figures, that has a specific magical purpose. In medieval ceremonial magic, the term was used to refer to the occult signs that were believed to represent individual angels and demons and which were used by magicians to summon and control these beings. Sigils are also commonly found in Jewish mysticism and Kabbalistic magic and are used by practitioners of what type of magic? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the specter which had haunted my midnight pillow.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

laze about

To relax or spend time idly; to do nothing or very little. More...
Today's Holiday

Eastern States Exposition (2017)

Also known as The Big E, the Eastern States Exposition is an agricultural and industrial fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by all six New England states. The exposition is known for its Avenue of the States, where each New England state has erected a permanent replica of its original State House. The livestock show is the largest in the East, and the Eastern States Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious equestrian events in the country. The exposition also features a parade, a circus, and international exhibits. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rooms

pied-a-terre - A small town house or rooms used for short residences (1829), from French "foot on the ground." More...

party wall - A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms. More...

lobby - One of its early meanings was "monastic cloister," from Latin lobia, "covered way," before it came to mean the passage or waiting area between rooms in a building. More...

enfilade - A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees. More...

In the News

The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here's Why That's a Bad Thing

What if the world’s parasites suddenly went extinct? Given how much work we’ve put into combating malaria-carrying mosquitoes and horrifying Guinea worms, it sounds like a reason for celebration. But think twice: Actually, losing these much-despised ... More...
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