Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

schoolman

Definition:(noun) A scholar who is skilled in academic disputation.
Synonyms:academician
Usage: The symposium was scheduled to end at seven, but the schoolman continued to lecture the group for an additional hour.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Passive Voice

The passive voice is a type of grammatical voice in which the subject is acted upon by the verb. In passive-voice sentences, what is the receiver of the action? More...
Article of the Day

Destroying Angels

Originally reserved as a delicacy for the elite, edible mushrooms are now extensively grown on a commercial scale. There are, however, many poisonous species of mushroom, and the destroying angels of the Amanita genus are among the most toxic mushrooms known to man. Destroying angels are characterized by their white stalks and gills and have a telltale collar-like structure, or volva, at the base of their stalks. How soon after ingesting the toxic mushroom do symptoms of poisoning appear? More...
This Day in History

Samoset Walks into Plymouth Colony, Greets Pilgrims in English (1621)

Half of the English pilgrims from the Mayflower perished during their first winter in the New World, and as the survivors struggled to build their settlement at Plymouth, they had several tense encounters with Native Americans. That spring, a Native American named Samoset unexpectedly walked into their settlement and greeted them in English. Within days, he had introduced them to their neighbors. As it happened, Samoset was merely visiting the area. Where had he learned English? More...
Today's Birthday

Rosa Bonheur (1822)

One of the most famous female painters of the 19th century, Bonheur was trained by her father—an art teacher—and began regularly exhibiting her work at the Paris Salon in 1841. Her unsentimental paintings of animals became very popular, particularly in England and the US, and her most famous painting, The Horse Fair, gained her an international reputation. Who gave her formal permission to dress as a man so that she could study horses at the actual Horse Fair in Paris? More...
Quotation of the Day
He died...of a broken heart, a distemper which kills many more than is generally imagined.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

make matters worse

To make an already bad, unpleasant, or difficult situation even more so. (Sometimes used as an independent clause in the infinitive form: "to make matters worse.") More...
Today's Holiday

St. Urho's Day (2018)

St. Urho, whose name in Finnish means "hero," is credited with banishing a plague of grasshoppers that was threatening Finland's grape arbors. His legend in the United States was popularized in the 1950s; after being celebrated as a "joke holiday" for several years in the Menahga-Sebeka area, the idea spread to other states with large Finnish populations. The actual celebrations include wearing St. Urho's official colors—Nile Green and Royal Purple—drinking grape juice, and chanting St. Urho's famous words, "Grasshopper, grasshopper, go away," in Finnish. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: proof

evidence, proof - Evidence—from Latin e-, "out," and videre, "to see"— is information that helps form a conclusion; proof is factual information that verifies a conclusion. More...

proof in the pudding - A shortening of the saying "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," i.e. a thing is tested by putting it to its intended use. More...

proof - The strength of alcohol. More...

adduce - To cite as an instance or as proof or evidence. More...

In the News

With a Few Updates, Siri Could Become a Lifeline for Rape Victims

Some 64 percent of Americans now own a smartphone, and are using them for far more than talk and texting. But are phones ready to take care of their users when they need help the most? Not yet, say researchers who tested programs like Apple virtual ... More...
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