Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

arbiter

Definition:(noun) One chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue.
Synonyms:arbitrator, umpire
Usage: In peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Parentheses with Fragments

When parentheses enclose a word, phrase, or dependent clause, they will generally appear within a sentence, since the information usually can't function as a sentence alone. When this is the case, what must the parentheses appear adjacent to within the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Namaste

One of the few Sanskrit words commonly recognized by non-Hindi speakers, namaste is an Indian gesture, greeting, and parting phrase. Derived from a Sanskrit phrase literally meaning "I bow to you," namaste is universally accepted in India and Nepal by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians. When said to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with the hands held together in front of the chest. What is indicated by placing one's hands entirely above the head? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them again, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

rob the till

To steal the earnings of a shop or restaurant from out of its cash register. More...
Today's Holiday

Aizu Byakko Matsuri (2018)

Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, they killed themselves. Each September to commemorate their courage, there is a procession of 500 warriors and a lantern procession through Aizu Wakamatsu, where the original members of the White Tiger Band are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toes

gronk, cheese, toe-jam - The stuff between your toes. More...

pantaraxia - Any actions aimed at keeping people on their toes. More...

plantar pad, digital pads - The plantar pad is the larger pad of a cat's foot; the digital pads are on the toes. More...

dactyl - Your dactyls are your toes. More...

In the News

Mutant butterflies reveal the genetic roots of colorful wings

Engineered mutant butterflies give a glimpse deep into the genetic roots of wing patterns, an international team reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors of the new study rearranged colors on butterfly wings ... More...
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