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

The Malbone Street Wreck (1918)

One of the deadliest train crashes in US history took place during a strike of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, some of whose members operated elevated trains for the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT). To keep service running, the BRT brought in inexperienced motormen to replace the striking workers. That evening, a five-car train derailed in the Malbone Street tunnel after negotiating a curve too quickly, killing 93. How many hours of training had the train's operator received? More...
Today's Birthday

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887)

Lowry was an English painter noted for his bleak northern industrial scenes, often featuring primitive figures that he called "matchstick men." He also appears to hold the record for the most honors declined. He twice declined appointment to the Order of the British Empire—as an officer in 1955 and as a commander in 1961—and turned down a knighthood in 1968 and appointments to the Order of the Companions of Honour in 1972 and 1976. Which of his controversial works were exhibited after his death? 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)

Idiom of the Day

have the courage of (one's) convictions

To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. More...
Today's Holiday

Samhain (2016)

This ancient Celtic harvest festival was celebrated at the beginning of winter. According to Celtic folklore, this was the day when the souls of the dead and other supernatural entities gathered and would have access to the human realm—thus giving rise to the fears about ghosts and goblins that we now associate with Halloween, or Samhain Eve. 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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