Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

undertow

Definition:(noun) The seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore.
Synonyms:sea purse, sea puss, sea-poose
Usage: The beachgoer was caught in the undertow and dragged out to sea.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs of Progression

Verbs that show progression, growth, or development are also often used as linking verbs. "Become" is a prime example of this kind of verb—it links an adjective that describes a development or progression by the subject. What are some other verbs that can function as linking verbs in a similar way? More...
Article of the Day

Postnatal Depression

Affecting approximately 15 percent of all childbearing women, postnatal, or postpartum, depression is a psychiatric condition characterized by symptoms that range from mild "baby blues" to depressive psychosis. Typically developing in the days and weeks after a woman gives birth, the condition is thought to be influenced by both neurochemical and psychological factors, including hormonal changes and the stress of caring for a newborn infant. Can men suffer from postnatal depression? More...
This Day in History

Diocletian Publishes Edict Calling for Persecution of Christians (303 CE)

Though the Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered the persecution of Christians several times, his so-called Great Persecution began with an official edict. Churches were razed, scriptures burned, and practitioners executed. A few years later, he became the first Roman emperor to voluntarily abdicate, after which he retired to Croatia to grow cabbages in peace. The reign of Constantine soon made Christianity the empire's preferred religion. When asked to return to the throne, how did Diocletian reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques de Vaucanson (1709)

The mechanically gifted 10th child of a French glove-maker, Vaucanson created some of the world's first robots. His famous gold-plated "Digesting Duck" had hundreds of moving parts and could eat, drink, and defecate. In 1745, weavers pelted Vaucanson with stones when he created the first fully-automated loom, which utilized punch-card technology. Decades later, his ideas would prove pivotal to the Industrial Revolution. How many songs could his mechanical flutist perform? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

the inmates are running the asylum

The people least capable of running a group or organization are now in charge. Said especially when the result is total chaos or calamity. More...
Today's Holiday

N'cwala (2018)

In 1835, the Ngoni tribe left South Africa and moved into what is now the country of Zambia. The N'cwala festival celebrates the tribe's satisfaction with its environs since that time, and also marks the beginning of the harvest. This is a festival of thanksgiving and people congregate in the village of Mutenguleni, including the paramount chief. Groups of dancers display their skills for the chief, who traditionally chooses one group as having outdone the others. The chief is also responsible for being the first to sample the season's new foods and blessing it for the people. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: threat

boast - First meant "threaten" or "threat." More...

gunboat diplomacy - Foreign policy carried out with the backing of the threat or use of military force. More...

ostrichism - Self-delusion, a refusal to cope with something, such as a threat—figuratively hiding one's head in the sand, as the animal is mistakenly thought to do. More...

threat - A word for a throng or crowd of people. More...

In the News

In mice, a single vaccine prompts the immune system to fight breast, lung and skin cancers

In the field of regenerative medicine, induced pluripotent stem cells have a lot of neat tricks up their sleeves. One of them may be teaching the immune system how to beat back cancer. In research that could open a new frontier in the young field of ... More...
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