Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

opprobrious

Definition:(adjective) Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Synonyms:abusive, scornful, shameful, ignominious
Usage: His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Colons with Dialogue

The colon is used in written dialogue between two or more people, most often in transcripts of plays or legal testimony in a courtroom. We place the colon immediately after the name of the speaker, and the dialogue that follows is written without what? More...
Article of the Day

Heirloom Plants

An heirloom plant is an open-pollinated cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Most food crops are now grown in huge, monocultural plots owned by corporations, and few varieties of each type of crop are grown. The increasing popularity of heirloom gardening can be seen as a reaction to this trend. Why is 1951 a key year for heirloom gardeners? More...
This Day in History

18-Year-Old Recalled From English School to Become King of Swaziland (1986)

During his 61-year rule as monarch, King Sobhuza II of Swaziland had 210 children by at least 70 wives. When Sobhuza died in 1982, one of his sons, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini, was selected as his successor. Four years later, Dlamini was crowned King Mswati III—just months before he was scheduled to take his final exams at his private English boarding school. Mswati's power as monarch is nearly absolute, and he has been criticized for abuses of his rule and for what personal indulgences? More...
Today's Birthday

Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (1287)

Mortimer was imprisoned in 1322 for opposing King Edward II, but he escaped to France. When Edward II's queen, Isabella, came to France in 1325, Mortimer became her lover. Together they invaded England in 1326 and routed Edward, whom they forced to abdicate and later had murdered. Having secured the crown for young Edward III, Mortimer, with Isabella, virtually ruled England and acquired great wealth. In 1330, he was seized by Edward III, convicted by Parliament, and executed by what means? More...
Quotation of the Day
One may be continually abusive without saying any thing just; but one cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

mouth-watering

Delicious; particularly appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description, especially as makes one's mouth salivate. More...
Today's Holiday

Administrative Professionals Week (2018)

Professional Secretaries' Week was started in 1952 by Professional Secretaries International—now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). It takes place during the last full week in April, with Administrative Professionals' Day observed on Wednesday. Many IAAP chapters sponsor special events throughout the week, but Wednesday is the day when managers and executives are supposed to give their office support staff a special token of their appreciation. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mammal

amniocentesis, amnion - Amniocentesis is formed by amnion, the innermost membrane enclosing a fetus, and Greek kentesis, "pricking." More...

endoskeleton - Contained entirely within the body of an animal, like that of mammals. More...

pelage - The fur, hair, wool, etc. of a mammal. More...

rhinarium - The hairless, habitually moist nose of some mammals, such as the antelope. More...

In the News

Scientists Trick Subjects into Feeling Invisible

Your brain's sense that your body is your body is something you probably take for granted. But new research shows that in just seconds, your brain will readily accept a full-body illusion as truth. Even if that illusion is that... More...
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