Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

drachm

Definition:(noun) A unit of capacity or volume in the apothecary system equal to one eighth of a fluid ounce.
Synonyms:fluidram
Usage: She measured out a drachm of the sweet-smelling elixir and administered it to the ailing child.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Countable Nouns

Countable nouns (also known as count nouns) are nouns that can be considered as individual, separable items, which means they can be counted with numbers—we can have one, two, five, 15, 100, and so on. Are abstract nouns ever countable? More...
Article of the Day

Saint Symbology

Plants, animals, and various symbolic objects have been featured in artistic depictions of Christian saints throughout history. Called attributes or emblems, these symbols—often held in the hands of the saints themselves—represent the exemplary nature of the saints' lives. In the early days of Christianity, when many of the faithful were illiterate, these attributes made religious scenes and saints easily identifiable. Beheaded third century martyr Saint Denis is often depicted carrying what? More...
This Day in History

Council of Trent Convened (1545)

The Council of Trent made sweeping reforms to the Catholic Church over 18 years, eliminating many abuses criticized in the Protestant Reformation. Convened by Pope Paul III at Trento, Italy—28 years after Martin Luther issued his 95 Theses—the council fixed the canon of the Old and New Testaments, set the number of sacraments at seven, defined the nature of original sin, and confirmed the doctrine of transubstantiation. How many years was it until the next ecumenical council? More...
Today's Birthday

Emily Carr (1871)

Now considered an icon of Canadian art, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until later in life. She primarily painted indigenous-themed or landscape scenes, and she was relatively unknown until her work was featured in a 1927 exhibition at the National Gallery, when she was in her 50s. Carr continued to paint thereafter but had to reduce her artistic output in her 70s due to health concerns. Instead, Carr began to pursue what other talent for which she is also remembered? More...
Quotation of the Day
Their zeal might sometimes be too ardent, but it was always sincere.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

screw (one's) courage to the sticking place

To remain bold, resolute, determined, and courageous, especially in the face of possible danger, difficulty, hardship, or adversity. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail." More...
Today's Holiday

Susuharai (2018)

In Japan, many people choose to give their houses a thorough cleaning at year's end. Worn or broken furniture and utensils and items that have been lost are replaced. New tatami mats, the thick straw mats on which people sit and sleep, are brought in, and damage to the paper sliding doors in traditional Japanese houses is repaired. In some areas, it is customary to tie pounded rice cakes (mochi-bana, "rice-cake flowers") to the branches of willow trees as an offering to the gods. Friends and co-workers may also throw "year-end forgetting parties" known as bonen-kai. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: oak

rambunctious - Once rumbustious and robusteous, it is probably based on Latin robus, "oak"—implying strength—and can describe a person or animal. More...

robust - Comes from Latin meaning "oak" and "oaken." More...

tan - From a Latin word for "oak," it first referred to the crushed bark of the oak or other trees, especially in its use to convert hides into leather. More...

tree - Part of a large Indo-European group based on deru/doru-, "oak." More...

In the News

Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer. That's the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking. "This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory ... More...
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