Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

declivity

Definition:(noun) A downward slope or bend.
Synonyms:fall, downslope, declension, declination, decline, descent
Usage: As best I could, I stumbled after him down a steep declivity beginning at the forest's edge.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. What are some variations of declarative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Marsh Mallows

Althaea officinalis, or the Marsh Mallow, flourishes on riverbanks and in salt marshes. Its velvety leaves, pale pink flowers, and mucilaginous root all have medicinal properties. When the plant flowers, its leaves are collected and used to treat pulmonary and urinary diseases. The root, which is harvested in late autumn, is generally used to treat gastrointestinal disorders and skin conditions. What part of the Marsh Mallow is used to make marshmallow candy treats? More...
This Day in History

Vikings Capture Paris (845 CE)

Ragnar Lodbrok was a Norse hero of the Viking Age whose life—which was spent largely invading one country after another—has been mixed with myth in many legendary accounts. One of his favorite tactics was to attack Christian cities on holy days, as he did in 845, when he arrived in Paris on Holy Saturday with 120 ships. By some accounts, he accepted a tribute of 7,000 pounds of silver from French King Charles the Bald in exchange for sparing the city. According to legend, how did he die? More...
Today's Birthday

Henry Schoolcraft (1793)

Schoolcraft was a geologist, geographer, and ethnologist noted for his studies of Native American cultures as well as for his discovery of the source of the Mississippi River in 1832. His extensive relations with Native Americans—including his marriage to an Ojibwa woman—led to his appointment as an Indian agent, and he negotiated a treaty with the Ojibwa in 1836 that ceded much of their land to the US. Upon discovering the lake that feeds the Mississippi River, what did Schoolcraft name it? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

man the fort

To mind or take charge of a location during the time in which it is unattended by another. More...
Today's Holiday

Spy Wednesday (Holy Wednesday) (2018)

The Wednesday before Easter Sunday is the day on which the disciple Judas Iscariot made the deal to betray Jesus. In order to arrest Jesus without exciting the populace, Judas led the Jewish priests to the Garden of Gethsemane, near Jerusalem, where Jesus had gone at night to pray with the other disciples after the Last Supper. Judas identified Jesus by kissing him and addressing him as "Master." For this he was paid 30 pieces of silver, the price of a slave in the Old Testament. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inflammation

pleuritis, pleurisy - Greek pleura, "side" or "rib," came to be used for the "inner lining of the chest; lungs," and pleuritis or pleurisy is the inflammation of this area. More...

intertrigo - Inflammation caused by the rubbing of one area of skin on another. More...

phlegm - Comes from Latin phlegma, "clammy moisture," and Greek phlegma, "inflammation." More...

polio - An abbreviation of poliomyelitis, from Greek polios, "gray," and muelos, "marrow," meaning "inflammation of the gray matter of the spinal cord." More...

In the News

Cat's out of the Bag! Why This Pet Owner May Be More Prone to Road Rage

New research suggests exposure to a common parasite carried by cats may make humans more prone to angry outbursts like road rage. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, drew a link between toxoplasmosis, and intermittent ... More...
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