Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

nostrum

Definition:(noun) Hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases.
Synonyms:cure-all, panacea, catholicon
Usage: Stay healthy, for science is no closer to a nostrum than alchemy was.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. What two things does a subordinating conjunction do in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Film Noir

Film noir is a style of film characterized by low-key lighting, bleak urban settings, and corrupt, cynical characters who find themselves entangled in the criminal underworld. This dark genre, which gave rise to the film archetypes of the hardboiled private detective and the femme fatale, was especially popular in Hollywood in the 1940s. Classic examples of film noir include The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Who first coined the term film noir, and what does it mean? More...
This Day in History

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Becomes First US City to Fluoridate Its Water (1945)

Around 1901, dentist Frederick McKay began to research why many Colorado residents' teeth were stained brown yet were also cavity-free. The culprit, as it turned out, was fluoride. Though it can discolor teeth in large doses, fluoride also prevents decay. Grand Rapids, Michigan, became the first US city to experiment with adding fluoride to its water supply. The rate of cavities plummeted, and fluoridation became a national health policy. What do conspiracy theorists allege about fluoridation? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Brittany (1477)

Upon her father's death in 1488, Anne became the sovereign duchess of Brittany—and her hand in marriage became very valuable. When she was forced to become queen of France by marrying Charles VIII at age 14, her marriage contract stipulated that whichever spouse survived the longest could keep Brittany. Charles died first, but Anne was then forced to marry his successor. Until her death, she fought in vain to preserve Brittany's autonomy within France. Who was technically her first husband? More...
Quotation of the Day
Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

feel like a million bucks

To feel exceptionally attractive or in very robust health. More...
Today's Holiday

Bhishma Ashtami (2018)

In Hindu mythology Bhishma was the son of King Shantanu. Shantanu then married a beautiful young maiden named Satyavati, who had two grandchildren by a son who had been born before she married the king. In the battle between the two groups of offspring, Bhishma was badly wounded. He waited on his death-bed of arrows for 58 days, during which he delivered many religious discourses. To this day, he is considered a great example of self-denial, loyalty, and devotion. During the festival held in his honor, libations are offered to Bhishma with barley, sesame, flowers, and water from the sacred Ganges River. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: signature

allograph - A signature or writing done for another person. More...

moniker - Originally meant a mark left by a tramp on a building or fence to indicate he/she had been there; therefore, a tramp's moniker identified him/her like a signature. More...

signature block - The typed or printed name and title of a person appearing below a signature at the bottom of a letter, e-mail, etc. More...

paraph - As a verb, to divide into paragraphs; the noun can mean a flourish made after a signature, especially to make it unique. More...

In the News

Egyptian Museum in Sticky Situation over King Tut's Beard

Egyptian antiquities officials are investigating why and how glue was used to reattach the beard of King Tutankhamun's iconic burial mask at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Conflicting reports are circulating about how the beard came to be dislodged, but sources say the famed artifact was hastily repaired so it could be quickly put back on display. According to one source, attempts to remove some the glue with a spatula left scratches on the 3,000-year-old relic. More...
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