Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

beatitude

Definition:(noun) Supreme blessedness or happiness.
Synonyms:blessedness, beatification
Usage: You have it in your power to raise two human beings from a state of actual suffering to such unspeakable beatitude as only generous, noble, self-forgetting love can give.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs by expressing possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. How many "true" modal auxiliary verbs are there? More...
Article of the Day

The Money Pit of Oak Island

According to newspaper records, in 1795 excavations began at the site of a mysterious depression on Nova Scotia's Oak Island. A layer of flagstones was found buried a few feet below the surface, and layers of logs were uncovered at 10 ft (3 m) intervals. At a depth of about 90 ft (27 m), a large stone bearing an inscription of symbols was recovered; and translations revealed the secret message, “forty feet below, two million pounds lie buried." Whose treasure is believed to be buried there? More...
This Day in History

First US Marshal Killed in the Line of Duty (1794)

Born in Scotland, Robert Forsyth moved to America as a teen and distinguished himself in the Continental Army. After the Revolutionary War, he was appointed by US President George Washington to be the first US Marshal in the state of Georgia. Forsyth was serving in this capacity when he knocked at the door of Beverly Allen to serve him some court papers. The reluctant recipient shot Forsyth through the door, making him the first US Marshal killed in the line of duty. What happened to Allen? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Stokes Paul (1885)

A militant leader of the US suffrage movement, Paul is best remembered as the author of the Equal Rights Amendment. Written in 1923, the proposed constitutional amendment has been the source of nearly a century of legislative wrangling. While fighting for women's rights, Paul—who earned doctorate degrees in both sociology and law—picketed the White House, was imprisoned, and was force-fed after she staged a hunger strike. Paul was recently selected to appear on a US coin—in place of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

the short and the long of it

The essential or most important point being made; the plain truth of the matter. More...
Today's Holiday

Juturnalia (2018)

According to Virgil, Juturna is the sister of Turnus, king of the Rutuli. In return for her virginity, Jupiter gave her immortality. Afterwards she was turned into a fountain of the same name near the Numicus, the river where Aeneas' dead body was found. The waters from this fountain were used in sacrifices, particularly those in honor of the Roman goddess Vesta, and were believed to have curative powers. On January 11, a festival in honor of Juturna was observed by men working on aqueducts and wells. She was also celebrated at the Vulcanalia on August 23 as a protectress against fire. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: papyrus

volume - Originally the name of a scroll or roll of papyrus, from Latin volvere, "to roll up." More...

bible - Derived from biblios, the name for the papyrus produced in the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos. More...

schedule - Goes back to Greek skhede, for "leaf of papyrus"; it started out meaning a ticket or a brief note. More...

tome - Comes from Greek tomos, "roll of papyrus," and was originally a word for one volume of a larger work. More...

In the News

Mystery Solved: Why the Real King Kong Became Extinct

The largest ape to roam Earth died out 100,000 years ago because it failed to tuck into savannah grass after climate change hit its preferred diet of forest fruit, scientists suggest. Gigantopithecus — the closest Nature ever came to producing a real King ... More...
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