Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

excavate

Definition:(verb) Remove the inner part or the core of.
Synonyms:dig, hollow
Usage: The mining company wants to excavate the hillside and build a tunnel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Dummy Pronouns

Dummy pronouns are words that function grammatically as pronouns, but which do not have antecedents like normal pronouns do. This means that, unlike normal pronouns, dummy pronouns do not replace a noun, phrase, or clause. They are also commonly referred to as what? More...
Article of the Day

Attachment Therapy

Attachment therapy refers to a category of mental health interventions used to treat patients with attachment disorders, behavioral disorders caused by the lack of an emotionally secure attachment to a caregiver in the first two years of life and characterized by an inability to form healthy relationships. While there are attachment-related interventions based on generally accepted theory, some treatments are so controversial that they have been banned. Which methods are most strongly opposed? More...
This Day in History

Laika the Dog Launched into Outer Space (1957)

Soviet scientists found her wandering the streets of Moscow. Nicknamed Laika, or "Barker," the little stray dog was recruited because she had already learned to withstand hunger and cold—two things she might experience in space. After intensive training, Laika became the first animal to be launched into orbit. Though she survived the launch—and even ate some food while in orbit—her capsule was not designed for a return trip. Within hours, she overheated and died. How long did the capsule orbit? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Fuller Austin (1793)

Austin was the founder of the first legal colony of English-speaking people in Mexican Texas. Following the death of his father, who had conceived the plan, Austin led 300 families to settle on the Brazos River in 1822. As his colony prospered, US immigrants poured into Mexico. Initially opposed to Texan independence, Austin tried to organize Texas as a Mexican state. He was instead imprisoned by the government for treason, after which he supported the Texas Revolution. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

in virtue of (something)

Due to something; because of something; by reason of something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Hubert de Liège (2020)

St. Hubert (d. 727) is the patron saint of hunters, dogs, and victims of rabies. His feast day is especially honored at the church named for him in the town of St. Hubert, Luxembourg Province, Belgium, on the first weekend in November. People who live in the Forest of Ardennes bring their dogs to the church to be blessed, and St. Hubert's Mass marks the opening of the hunting season. In some places, special loaves of bread are brought to the mass to be blessed, after which everyone eats a piece and feeds the rest to their dogs, horses, and other domestic animals to ward off rabies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: student

educand - A student. More...

grammatist - A student of grammar. More...

oenologist - A "student of wine." More...

civilian - First a student or practitioner of civil law. More...

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