Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 01, 2012)
Word of the Day

disparage

Definition:(verb) To speak of in a slighting or disrespectful way.
Synonyms:belittle, pick at
Usage: When it came to the principal's attention that Mrs. Smith regularly disparaged her students' efforts, she was removed from the classroom and reprimanded.
Article of the Day

Cataract Surgery

A cataract is an opacity of the lens of the eye, which can cause impaired vision or blindness. Because cataracts are a common result of normal aging, most people over age 60 have cataracts to some degree. In fact, cataract surgery is the most common surgical procedure in the US. One early remedy, developed thousands of years ago, involved using a needle to pierce the eye and push the lens out of the field of vision. In what regions is this dangerous, often blinding, technique still employed? More...
This Day in History

Seabiscuit Defeats War Admiral in the "Match of the Century" (1938)

Seabiscuit was a famous thoroughbred racehorse. As a colt, he was undersized, knobby kneed, and given to sleeping and eating. He failed to win any of his first races and became the butt of stable jokes. In the midst of the Great Depression, however, he began to win a number of prestigious and unlikely races, becoming a symbol of hope to many Americans. Then, in a race dubbed the "Match of the Century," he met War Admiral, who had won the elusive Triple Crown, and defeated him by what margin? More...
Today's Birthday

Stephen Crane (1871)

Often classified as the first modern American writer, Crane was among the first to introduce realism into American literature. He achieved international fame with his masterwork, The Red Badge of Courage, which depicts the psychological turmoil of a young Civil War soldier. While traveling as a war correspondent, Crane survived a shipwreck and ended up adrift in a dinghy. This ordeal inspired him to write the acclaimed story "The Open Boat." What took his life when he was just 28? More...
Quotation of the Day
I is the first letter of the alphabet, the first word of the language, the first thought of the mind, the first object of affection.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Today's Holiday

National Author's Day (2015)

The idea of setting aside a day to celebrate American authors came from Nellie Verne Burt McPherson, president of the Bement (Illinois) Women's Club in 1928. In 1949, the day was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Sue Cole, McPherson's granddaughter, was largely responsible for promoting the observation of National Author's Day after her grandmother's death in 1968. She urged people to write a note to their favorite author on this day to "brighten up the sometimes lonely business of being a writer." More...
In the News

Linguists Tracking Slang through Twitter

Before the advent of social networks, linguists had difficulty obtaining reliable data to study and track the spread of language. Now, researchers are taking advantage of the social media site Twitter to study the evolution of language over time and the spread of slang phrases and even emoticons.. Researchers at multiple US universities are currently collaborating on a study that will examine 40 million messages from approximately 400,000 individuals from specific locations to see how geographic areas influence each other's use of language. More...
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