Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

buckler

Definition:(noun) Armor carried on the arm to intercept blows.
Synonyms:shield
Usage: As soon as he deflected his opponent's blow with his buckler, he went on the offensive, slashing away with his sword.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Informal Uses of Ellipses

While shortening quoted material is the "official" use of the ellipsis, it is used differently (and perhaps more commonly) in informal or creative writing. What are some informal uses of the ellipsis? More...
Article of the Day

Chaos

In Greek mythology, Chaos was the first thing to exist, the vacant space from which all earthly and divine things arose. According to the ancient Greeks, it was made up of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Sometimes personified as the most ancient of gods, it appears in various legends attributing the creation of all things to either the goddess Eurynome or the goddess Gaea—each of whom was said to have risen from Chaos. When did the word "chaos" acquire its modern meaning? More...
This Day in History

People of Gibraltar Vote to Remain a British Dependency (1967)

A rocky peninsula on the southern tip of Spain, the Rock of Gibraltar was held by the Moors from 711 to 1462, annexed by Spain in 1501, and captured by the British in 1704. After more than 200 years as a British crown colony, the people of Gibraltar participated in a national referendum and rejected a proposal to transfer control of Gibraltar to Spain, choosing instead for it to remain a British territory. What were the results of a 2002 referendum proposing shared British-Spanish sovereignty? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Brown Davis (1852)

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced Native Americans to leave their lands within state borders and relocate to unsettled land in the West. Brown Davis, whose mother was a Seminole, grew up on the new Indian Territory and cared for Seminoles during a cholera epidemic when she was a teen. Once the US government began dismantling tribal governments to push Oklahoma toward statehood, Brown Davis acted as the Seminoles' interpreter in court and became their first female chief, serving for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) blood is up

One is in an angry, aggressive, or violent mood; one is looking or ready for a fight. More...
Today's Holiday

Horn Dance (2018)

The ancient Horn Dance, believed by many to have originated in Norman times or before, is performed at Abbots Bromley, a small village in Staffordshire, England, as part of the Wakes Monday celebration each year. A dozen local men, ranging in age from 12 to more than 50, dress in 16th-century foresters' costumes. Six of them carry reindeer antlers mounted on short wooden sticks. The men dance their way around the parish boundaries, stopping to perform at homes and farms along the way. There is also a Hobby Horse, a man dressed as Maid Marian, a Fool, and a young archer. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pupil

eleve - A French term used for a pupil or scholar. More...

indocible - Means unteachable as a pupil. More...

pupil - From Latin pupilla, it first meant "orphan, ward, minor." More...

apple of his eye - Results from the fact that the pupil of the eye was called the "apple" in earlier English because it was thought to be a solid sphere. More...

In the News

'Predatory Bacteria' Might Be Enlisted In Defense Against Antibiotic Resistance

Here's a bold idea to fight back against bacteria that can't be stopped by antibiotics: Go after them with germ-eating microbes. That reasoning lies behind an intriguing line of research that might also be put to use in the event of a germ-warfare ... More...
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