Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

valuate

Definition:(verb) Evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of.
Synonyms:appraise, assess, measure
Usage: The jewelry must be valuated by a professional before the marital assets can be divided.
Article of the Day

Sappho

The subject of many legends, Sappho was a Greek lyric poet who lived more than 2,500 years ago on the island of Lesbos, where she was the leader of a thiasos, an informal female community. Her verse is characterized by her passionate love of nature and women, the latter of which gave rise to the term lesbian, derived from the name of her island home. She wrote in a variety of meters, one of which has come to be known as "Sapphic" in her honor. How many of Sappho's complete poems have survived? More...
This Day in History

Mayflower Compact Signed (1620)

The decision to settle outside the boundaries of established colonial government rather than within Virginia territory, as originally planned, led some Mayflower passengers to assert that they would not be bound by laws. Concerned Pilgrim leaders drafted a compact providing for the temporary government of the colony. The 41 adult male signers agreed to combine themselves into a "civil Body Politick" that would enact "just and equal laws" that were made for the "general good" of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Voltaire (1694)

Voltaire was the pseudonym of French philosopher and writer François-Marie Arouet. One of the towering geniuses in literary and intellectual history, Voltaire was a prolific writer who authored tragedies, poems, and works on philosophical and moral problems, including Lettres philosophiques and Candide, a satire on philosophical optimism. During his lifetime, he was twice imprisoned in the Bastille and, in 1726, was exiled to England. How did Voltaire create his pen name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Today's Holiday

Surin Elephant Round-Up (2015)

The Elephant Round-Up is an internationally famous show of 200 or more trained elephants held annually in the provincial capital of Surin, Thailand. A tug-of-war is staged in which elephants are pitted against Thai soldiers, and there are also log-pulling contests, a soccer game with two teams of elephants kicking a giant soccer ball, elephant basketball, and other sports. A highlight is the spectacular array of elephants rigged out to reenact a medieval war parade. Besides the elephant demonstrations, there are cultural performances and folk dancing. More...
In the News

"Selfie" Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year

"Twerking" has been in the news quite a bit lately, but it is no "Word of the Year" according to the honchos at Oxford Dictionaries. That distinction goes to "selfie," a term for a self-portrait photograph that first gained traction on social media but has since passed into mainstream usage. Though "selfie" is not a new word—its earliest known usage dates back to a 2002 post on an online forum—its frequency of use increased an astounding 17,000 percent over the past year, earning it the title. More...
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