Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

consign

Definition:(verb) To give over to the care of another; entrust.
Synonyms:charge
Usage: She consigned her daughters to the care of their aunt and took an extended vacation to Africa.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns

Nouns are words that indicate a person, place, or thing. In a sentence, nouns can function as the subject or the object of a verb or preposition. Nouns can also follow linking verbs to rename or re-identify the subject of a sentence or clause. These are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

Vaudeville

Before the dawn of movies, vaudeville shows packed US theaters. Following the format of beer hall variety shows, each vaudeville performance had 10–15 unrelated acts that could include anything from acrobats to opera singers. Vaudeville emerged in the early 1880s as former circus performer Tony Pastor cleaned up variety shows. He banned the sale of liquor and eliminated the cruder acts, and his success prompted other managers to do the same. What did Pastor give to vaudeville show attendees? More...
This Day in History

Dr. James Bedford Becomes First Person to Undergo Cryopreservation (1967)

The field of cryonics involves techniques in which cold is applied for a variety of therapeutic goals, including brief local anesthesia, destruction of superficial skin lesions, and preservation of cells, tissue, and organs—or the entire body—in the hope that healing and resuscitation may be possible in the future. In 1967, Bedford became the first person to have his entire body frozen in perpetuity. Since then, hundreds have undergone the procedure. What celebrities have been frozen? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Burke (1729)

Burke was a British parliamentarian, orator, and political philosopher. Essays he published in the late 1750s gained the attention of Denis Diderot and Immanuel Kant, and he was hired to edit a yearly survey of world affairs. In his many and diverse writings, he left a monumental construction of British political thought that had a profound and long-term influence in England, America, and France. Burke held contrasting opinions on the American and French revolutions. Which did he support? More...
Quotation of the Day
You … know full well as I do the value of sisters' affections to each other: There is nothing like it in this world.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) a knack for (something)

To be exceptionally proficient at (doing) something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (2020)

Jesus' baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan has always been considered a significant manifestation of Jesus' divinity, and has been celebrated on Epiphany by the Orthodox Church since the end of the second century. However, in 1961 the Roman Catholic Church began to celebrate it as a separate feast in its own right. The original date for the feast was January 13, but when the Church calendar was reorganized in 1969, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord was moved to the Sunday following the Epiphany. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: paddle

paddle - An aquatic animal's flipper can also be called a paddle—as can the foot of a duck or the wing of a penguin. More...

patrol - Comes from a French word meaning "paddle about in the mud." More...

rudder - First meant "paddle" or "oar." More...

float - The boards and paddle of a waterwheel or paddlewheel are the floats. More...

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