Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 6, 2017)
Word of the Day

lariat

Definition:(noun) A long noosed rope used to catch animals.
Synonyms:riata, lasso
Usage: He spent his days chasing after fleeing cattle, roping them with his lariat and bringing them back to the ranch.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions

Prepositions are used to express the relationship of a noun or pronoun (or another grammatical element functioning as a noun) to the rest of the sentence. How do prepositions differ from infinitives? More...
Article of the Day

Endocrine System

The pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands are all part of the endocrine system, a bodily system that is instrumental in regulating metabolism, tissue function, and growth and development. The endocrine system is an integrated network of small glands located throughout the body that release extracellular signaling molecules known as hormones. Hormones travel in the blood to distant targets, where they cause specific physiological responses. What diseases result from endocrine system problems? More...
This Day in History

Figure Skater Nancy Kerrigan Is Attacked (1994)

Shortly before the 1994 Winter Olympics, Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee in an attack that had been planned by the ex-husband of Tonya Harding, one of Kerrigan's rivals for a place on the US Olympic team. Footage of Kerrigan's reaction to the attack was replayed heavily on television, and the story became a media sensation. Despite the injury, Kerrigan won an Olympic silver medal. Harding also performed, but poorly. Kerrigan's image suffered after she made what remarks about the gold medalist? More...
Today's Birthday

Heinrich Schliemann (1822)

As a boy, Schliemann loved Homer's Iliad and Odyssey. After making his fortune, he devoted himself at the age of 36 to searching for the ruins of the ancient city of Troy, which played a prominent role in Homer's account of the Trojan War but was believed to be fictional. In 1873, Schliemann not only found the remains of Troy—verifying the Trojan War's place in history—but also uncovered the ruins of several other cities that had been built on the same site. Where did he find Troy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man sheds his grief as his skin sheds rain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

loaf about

To waste time idly; to spend time doing little or nothing. More...
Today's Holiday

Three Kings Day in Native American Pueblos (2018)

Three Kings Day is the day for the installation of new officers and governors at most of the 19 Native American pueblos in New Mexico. The inaugural day begins with a church ceremony during which four walking canes, the symbols of authority, are passed on to the new governor. The governor is honored with a dance, which starts in mid-morning and is usually some form of an animal dance—often the Eagle, Elk, Buffalo, and Deer dances. Spirited and animated, they are considered a form of prayer. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pen

lapsus calami, lapsus memoriae - A lapsus calami is a slip of the pen; a lapsus memoriae is a slip of the memory. More...

ruling pen - A type of pen used in graphic design and calligraphy for drawing precise lines of various thicknesses. More...

nom de plume - Literally "name of the pen," meaning "pseudonym." More...

trait - A stroke of a pen or pencil. More...

In the News

Cheetahs Are Racing Toward Extinction

More than 100,000 cheetahs prowled Africa’s arid grasslands little more than a century ago. But the powerful predators now number just 7,100, and their populations are plummeting toward extinction, according to a new report. In a study published last week in the journal ... More...
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