Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

offprint

Definition:(noun) A reproduction of or an excerpt from an article that was originally contained in a larger publication.
Synonyms:separate, reprint
Usage: The researcher was unable to locate the original, full-text publication and had to make do with an offprint that was published later.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Perfect Tense

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. How else can the future perfect tense be used? More...
Article of the Day

The Garrote

Macabre enough to earn an appearance in two James Bond films, the garrote, a weapon used for strangulation, was used in Rome as early as the first century. The device takes many forms and can be made from a variety of materials, including chain, rope, fabric, wire, or fishing line. Used throughout history and as recently as 1974 in Spain, garrotes were also developed as execution devices. What nation became the last country in the world to abolish the death penalty by garroting in 1990? More...
This Day in History

The King's Cross Fire (1987)

Toward the end of the evening rush hour on November 18, 1987, a fire broke out beneath an escalator at King's Cross station in central London. The busy train station was still crowded with commuters, and while many escaped the resulting blaze, 31 fell victim. More than 60 others suffered injuries ranging from smoke inhalation to severe burns. It is believed that a discarded match likely sparked the conflagration. For how many years did the identity of one of the fire's victims remain a mystery? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilma Pearl Mankiller (1945)

Mankiller was the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation, serving from 1985 to 1995. Her family lived on Cherokee lands in Oklahoma before moving to San Francisco under the Bureau of Indian Affairs' relocation policy. Mankiller became involved in Native American issues there and returned to Oklahoma in 1977. She ascended the ranks of the male-dominated Cherokee society and improved relations between the Cherokees and the federal government. What health issues did she overcome during her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
With Women, we speak of "love", "duty", "right", "wrong", "pity", "hope", and other irrational and emotional conceptions, which have no existence, and the fiction of which has no object except to control feminine exuberances.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

not do a stroke (of work)

To not do any work at all. More...
Today's Holiday

World's Championship Duck-Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival (2018)

This annual sporting event in Stuttgart, Arkansas, was first held in 1936 and attracted 17 contestants. Today, there are hundreds of participants in the various calling events. This celebration of the waterfowl hunting season is held when the rice fields around Stuttgart have been harvested and the ducks have ample opportunity for feeding. The related events that have sprung up around the contest have been formalized as the Wings Over the Prairie Festival. Included are fun shoots, an arts and crafts fair, a sportsmen's dinner and dance, a 10K race, and a duck-gumbo cookoff. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stranger

extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household. More...

barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy." More...

stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside." More...

pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger." More...

In the News

Life Brewing in Martian 'Ice Cauldrons'? Maybe, Say Scientists.

Double, double, toil and trouble... In the search for signs of Martian life, researchers have turned their attention to odd, funnel-shaped depressions on the Red Planet’s surface. The geological formations closely resemble the so-called “ice cauldrons” found ... More...
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