Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

navel

Definition:(noun) The mark on the surface of the abdomen of mammals where the umbilical cord was attached during gestation.
Synonyms:bellybutton, omphalos, umbilicus
Usage: The first-graders were awed by Tom's navel, which protruded outward in classic "outie" fashion.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Will

As a modal auxiliary verb, "will" is particularly versatile, having several different meanings and functions, including to form future tenses. It is also used to express an expected hypothetical outcome in what type of sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Self-Replicating Spacecraft

A self-replicating spacecraft is an entity that would, in theory, be able to travel to a neighboring star-system and extract raw materials from celestial bodies to create replicas of itself. Such replicas could then be sent to other star systems, repeating the process in an exponentially increasing pattern. Using relatively conventional theoretical methods of interstellar travel, how long would it take for self-replicating spacecrafts to spread throughout the Milky Way Galaxy? More...
This Day in History

Abraham Lincoln Delivers His "House Divided" Speech (1858)

In 1858, Lincoln was nominated to challenge incumbent Illinois senator Stephen Douglas for his seat. At the state Republican convention, he accepted the nomination with a now-famous speech explaining his view that the US could not exist with both slave and free states—as "a house divided against itself cannot stand." He lost the race but won the presidency two years later. When and by whom had the same biblical reference previously been used to describe the national rift over slavery? More...
Today's Birthday

Joyce Carol Oates (1938)

Oates is an American author of over 50 novels and numerous volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won the National Book Award and the O. Henry Award and has been thrice nominated for a Pulitzer. She writes about modern American life and the connection between violence and love. Her characters are mainly ordinary, inarticulate people to whom terrible things happen. Her most famous short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?" is based on what real-life serial killer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here, sir, the people govern; here they act by their immediate representatives.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

Idiom of the Day

H-E-double-hockey-sticks

A euphemistic spelling of "hell," referring to each L resembling a hockey stick in shape. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan (2020)

Guru Arjan (1563-1606) was the fifth of the Sikh gurus and the first to be martyred. He was known for compiling the Adi Granth, the "First Collection" of Sikh scripture. People commemorate Guru Arjan's martyrdom by visiting gurdwaras, places of worship, for special services. In India, where the weather is exceptionally hot at this time of year, it is traditional for Sikhs to make drinks available to every passerby—a reminder that part of Guru Arjan's torture before his death was being deprived of water. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intoxicated

nappy - Describing a beer that has a head and is foaming—or a person who is slightly intoxicated. More...

capernoited - Slightly intoxicated. More...

groggy - From grog, "spirits mixed with water," it first meant "intoxicated." More...

temulent, temulency - Temulent means drunken or intoxicated; temulency is intoxication. More...

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