Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

southpaw

Definition:(noun) A person who uses the left hand with greater skill than the right.
Synonyms:lefty
Usage: The boxer was not used to fighting a southpaw and took a beating before being knocked out.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gender-Neutral Pronouns

English does not have a way of identifying a single person with a pronoun if his or her gender is not known, so sometimes the third-person plural forms (they, them, etc.) are used as a gender-neutral alternative to the third-person feminine/masculine forms. What is this sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Nebra Sky Disk

Now a beautiful blue-green hue due to millennia of corrosion, the Nebra sky disk is a bronze artifact inlaid with gold symbols that likely represent the Sun or full moon, a lunar crescent, and stars, including a cluster interpreted as the Pleiades. Allegedly found near Nebra, Germany, by illegal treasure hunters, the disk was acquired by archeologists through a police sting operation and dated to around 1600 BCE. Now widely considered authentic, the disk was first suspected to be a forgery. Why? More...
This Day in History

Germany, Italy, and Japan Sign Tripartite Pact (1940)

The World War II alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan was fully realized in September 1940, with the signing of the Tripartite Pact. The agreement called for the Axis Powers to come to each other's aid if attacked by a nation not already involved in the European War or the Sino-Japanese Conflict and to assist one another in their efforts to "establish and maintain a new order of things"—Germany and Italy in Europe and Japan in Greater East Asia. How did the treaty get the nickname "Roberto"? More...
Today's Birthday

Sophia Alekseyevna (1657)

Sophia Alekseyevna seized power in Russia after the death of her father, Czar Feodor III, and became regent during the minority of her disabled brother, Ivan V, and her half-brother, Peter I. She brutally eliminated her opponents and ruled dictatorially with her lover, Vasily V. Gallitzin. She aspired to be crowned czarina, but lacked support from the nobility and clergy. When it was rumored that she intended to kill Peter to become sole ruler, he overthrew the regency and confined her where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth, and embaseth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Cosmas and Damian Day (Brazil) (2018)

Legend has Cosmas and Damian as twin brothers from Syria who were brought up in the Christian faith and who devoted their lives to medicine. As doctors they refused payment for their services, instead asking those who benefited from their healing to believe in Christ. In Brazil, the feast of Cosmas and Damian is celebrated on September 27 and it is traditional to give candy to children, since the saints are patrons of children. Yoruban mythology, which lives on through African Brazilians, tells of another set of holy twins, who are often associated with Cosmas and Damian. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: painter

paysagist - A painter of landscapes. More...

pointillist - A painter who creates separate dots of pure color instead of mixed pigments; the pronunciation is PWAHN-tuhl-ist. More...

pictorial - First meant "pertaining to a painter or painting," as it derives from Latin pictor, "painter." More...

picturesque - Based on Italian pittore, "painter," its original meaning was "in the style of a painter." More...

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In the News

World's oldest known animal identified after decades-long mystery

The oldest known animal in the geological record has been identified, in a discovery that scientists are calling "the Holy Grail of palaeontology." Fat molecules discovered on the fossil of a mysterious creature called Dickinsonia have confirmed that that it ... More...
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