Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

concomitant

Definition:(adjective) Occurring or existing concurrently; attendant.
Synonyms:accompanying, consequent, ensuant, resultant, sequent, incidental
Usage: There is scarce any human good without its concomitant evil.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause (also known as an adjective clause) to the main clause in a sentence. What are restrictive relative clauses? More...
Article of the Day

Bloodletting

Bloodletting is one of the oldest medical techniques, practiced from antiquity through the 18th century. It involves the withdrawal of considerable quantities of blood from a patient, and practitioners believe it can cure or prevent a number of illnesses and diseases. Numerous bloodletting methods have been employed over the centuries, including drawing blood directly from large veins, puncturing arteries, and even using leeches. A form of bloodletting is still used today to treat what diseases? More...
This Day in History

Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Surrenders to US (1990)

The reign of Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega had been rife with turmoil, corruption, and diplomatic tension with the US, and his decision to void the results of the 1989 Panamanian presidential election, which had been won by a US-backed candidate, brought matters to a head. That December, US President George H.W. Bush sent troops to depose him. Noriega initially went into hiding, but he surrendered days later and was taken to Miami to face drug trafficking charges. Where had he been hiding? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna May Wong (1905)

One of the first Chinese-American movie stars, Wong played her first leading role, at age 17, in The Toll of the Sea. At that time, most Asian character roles were played by white actors in "yellowface." As a result, Wong was frequently passed over for leading roles due to the anti-miscegenation laws that prevented her from sharing an on-screen kiss with a white actor. Nevertheless, her acting skills and impeccable fashion sense made her a star. How was she received in China? More...
Quotation of the Day
The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

a living soul

A person (who is alive). (Often used in the negative to mean "nobody.") More...
Today's Holiday

Ball-Catching Festival (2018)

This 500-year-old tradition, said to have its roots in the legend of a dragon god (Ryujin) offering two balls to the Empress Jingu (170-269), takes place each year in Higashi-Ku, Fukuoka City, Japan. Two teams of men wearing only loincloths (fundoshi) compete for a ball that weighs about 18 pounds; these teams consist of the Land Team, made up of farmers who work the fields, and the Sea team, composed of fishermen. A Shinto priest awaits the winner to hand him the ball—the size of the harvest or of the catch during the New Year is determined by which team wins. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hearth

focaccia bread - Italian for "bread baked in the hearth." More...

fuel - Traces back to Latin focalis, "hearth." More...

scar - Traces back to Greek eskhara, "hearth" or "scab." More...

hearth - The floor of a fireplace as well as the area in front. More...

In the News

How Much Is Too Much? New Study Casts Doubts on Sugar Guidelines

By now, you've very likely heard the case for limiting sugar. Over the past two years the World Health Organization and the U.S. Dietary Guidelines have begun urging us to consume no more than 10 percent of our daily calories from added sugar. Drinking ... More...
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