Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 4, 2016)
Word of the Day

homily

Definition:(noun) A sermon, especially one intended to edify a congregation on a practical matter and not intended to be a theological discourse.
Synonyms:preachment
Usage: The priest addressed a hasty homily to the pair on the perils of life, on the duties they must, some day, inculcate upon their children.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Objects

Grammatical objects are nouns or pronouns that complete the meaning of verbs and prepositions. What is an indirect object? More...
Article of the Day

Mongolian Script

The classic Mongolian script was the first of many writing systems created for the Mongolian language. It is still in use today—having been only slightly modified since its initial development—in China's Inner Mongolia region. The script was created in the early 13th century, when Genghis Khan ordered a captured scribe to create a writing system. In 1587, a number of new characters were devised to transcribe sounds from foreign languages. In what direction is Mongolian script written? More...
This Day in History

"Genie" the Feral Child Discovered by California Authorities (1970)

One of the worst known cases of child abuse and social isolation in American history is that of "Genie," a girl forced to spend the first 13 years of her life alone in her bedroom, most of the time strapped to a potty chair. She was never spoken to and was apparently beaten if she attempted to speak. By the time she was discovered by authorities, she was nearly mute—her vocabulary consisted of about 20 words and a few short phrases. What did experts hope to learn by studying Genie? More...
Today's Birthday

Benjamin Robbins Curtis (1809)

Curtis joined the US Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1851 but did not stay long. After dissenting with the court's ruling in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case that upheld slavery and declared African Americans ineligible for full US citizenship, Curtis resigned, becoming the only justice to have resigned from the court over a matter of principle. Curtis returned to his home state of Massachusetts and resumed his law practice, later becoming chief counsel in what high profile case? More...
Quotation of the Day
When I read a book I seem to read it with my eyes only, but now and then I come across a passage, perhaps only a phrase, which has a meaning for me, and it becomes part of me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

set (someone) by the ears

To cause (someone, generally a group of two or more people) to engage in a squabble, dispute, or altercation. More...
Today's Holiday

Will Rogers Day (2018)

The birthday of Will Rogers, America's "cowboy philosopher," is observed in Oklahoma, where he was born on November 4, 1879. After his first appearance as a vaudeville entertainer in 1905 at Madison Square Garden, he developed a widespread reputation as a humorist. He went on to become a writer, a radio performer, and a motion-picture star. His birthday was first observed in 1947, with a celebration at the Will Rogers Memorial near the town of Claremore. Beneath the statue of Rogers at the memorial is the statement for which he is best remembered: "I never met a man I didn't like." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stretching

aforcing - The term for stretching the amount of a dish to accommodate more people. More...

extend, extent - Are based on Latin pandere, "stretch." More...

oscitancy, pandiculation - Oscitancy is the act of yawning; pandiculation is an all-over stretching and yawning, as upon waking, from Latin pandere. More...

racking one's brain - Figuratively, it means stretching, and is derived from the Tower of London's torture method. More...

In the News

How NASA Has the Tools to 'Sniff' Out Life on Mars

A team of NASA researchers have developed a "sniffer" with "a nose for certain molecules." The instrument could analyze dust on Mars for signs of life. Inspired by a sensor currently used by the US military to scan the air for potentially dangerous chemicals and ... More...
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