Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 13, 2012)
Word of the Day

miscue

Definition:(noun) A minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
Synonyms:parapraxis, slip-up
Usage: Any politician's career will feature a miscue or two, but our buffoonish mayor makes public gaffes on an almost weekly basis.
Article of the Day

"…and Bob's Your Uncle."

"Bob's your uncle" is an expression used in British English. It typically concludes a simple set of instructions and is equivalent to "you're all set." The phrase first appeared in print in the 1930s, and its origins are unclear. It may have been derived from the saying "all is bob," which means "all is well." Some theories point to specific "Bobs" who may have inspired the phrase. One such candidate, British Prime Minister Robert Cecil, appointed his nephew to what prestigious post in 1887? More...
This Day in History

Sir Francis Drake Begins Circumnavigation of the Globe (1577)

Drake, an English buccaneer and navigator, set out in 1577 with five ships to raid Spanish holdings on the Pacific coast of the New World. After abandoning two ships, he navigated the Straits of Magellan with the remaining three, becoming the first Englishman to do so. Another ship was destroyed in a storm, and a fourth returned to England, but Drake continued alone up the coast of S America, crossed the Pacific, rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived in England in 1580. How was he rewarded? More...
Today's Birthday

Talcott Parsons (1902)

From 1927 until his retirement in 1974, Parsons, an American sociologist, trained three generations of students at Harvard University. He was known for his attempt to construct a single theoretical framework within which general and specific characteristics of societies could be systematically classified and was largely responsible for introducing the work of Émile Durkheim and Max Weber to American sociologists. Why was Parsons considered one of the most controversial sociologists in the world? More...
Quotation of the Day
Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?

A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. More...
Today's Holiday

Malta Republic Day (2016)

On September 21, 1964, Malta was granted its independence from Britain. According to its constitution, Queen Elizabeth II would initially serve as the supreme leader of Malta. On December 13, 1974, Malta became a republic within the Commonwealth, with the President as head of state. To commemorate this day, December 13 has been declared Republic Day in Malta. A big feast is held and Malta's National Anthem is played or sung at the end of all masses. In addition, the President of Malta presents national awards, namely the Order of Merit and Gieh ir-Repubblika. More...
In the News

Another Blow for Apple's Much-Maligned Maps App

Apple's decision to replace Google-powered maps in its Maps app with its own, unfortunately flawed, mapping software in September drew widespread criticism, and though the company vowed to improve the product, it seems not all of the issues have been resolved—and some could have deadly consequences. Australian police are warning drivers not to use iPhone mapping software due to a glitch that misdirects motorists headed for the tourist town of Mildura to a snake-infested, desert park 43 mi (70 km) away. At least six vehicles have become stuck at the park as a result of the bad directions, stranding the drivers who then had to be rescued. More...
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