Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 1, 2019)
Word of the Day

unlooked-for

Definition:(adjective) Not anticipated.
Synonyms:out of the blue, unforeseen
Usage: These unlooked-for blows have shaken me terribly, and these strange calamities have quite broken my spirit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

Deirdre

Often used to symbolize Ireland, Deirdre is a beautiful heroine of Irish legend. At her birth, a druid prophesied that kings and lords would go to war over her beauty. Rather than kill her outright, King Conchobar, enticed by the description of her future beauty, ordered that she be raised in seclusion until she was old enough for him to marry. However, she fell in love and fled with her lover to Scotland. After a long idyllic stay there, Conchobar lured them back to Ireland. What happened next? More...
This Day in History

Former Slave Isabella Baumfree Becomes Sojourner Truth (1843)

Born into slavery in New York, Baumfree had four different masters before escaping with her infant daughter in 1826, one year before the state abolished slavery. She traveled and championed abolition, changing her name in 1843. Her dictated memoirs were published as The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. In 1851, she delivered what is now known as the "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at the Women's Rights Convention. How did the first report of the speech differ from later accounts? More...
Today's Birthday

Dr. Henry Faulds (1843)

Faulds was a Scottish doctor and scientist who pioneered the study of fingerprints as forensic evidence. He first became interested in fingerprints after noticing the imprints left by craftsmen's fingertips in ancient pottery. Convinced that fingerprints could be a valuable investigative tool, Faulds unsuccessfully tried to convince Scotland Yard to employ his methods. His findings went largely unnoticed during his lifetime. How does Darwin's cousin factor into a controversy over Faulds's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
The important thing was to love rather than to be loved.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." More...
Today's Holiday

Gawai Dayak (2021)

Gawai Dayak is a rice harvest festival of the Dayak people of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the northern coast of Borneo. Some aspects of the celebrations have remained essentially the same for centuries. At midnight on the eve of Gawai Dayak, a house elder conducts the chief ritual: while sacrificing a white cock, he recites a poem to ask for guidance, blessings, and a long life. Other events include the selection of the most beautiful man and woman to be king and queen of the harvest, dancing, a feast of rice, eggs, and vegetables, and the serving of traditional tuak, rice wine. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrist

dolman sleeve - One that is much wider at the arm-hole than it is at the wrist, patterned on a Turkish robe. More...

rasceta, rascettes - The deep transverse creases across your wrist at the base of the palm are rasceta or rascettes. More...

carpus - In humans, it is the group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand. More...

wrist - The wrist of the foot is the instep or ankle. More...

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