Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

dissect

Definition:(verb) To examine, analyze, or criticize in minute detail.
Synonyms:analyze, break down, take apart
Usage: They dissected the plan afterward to learn why it had failed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Beginning a Sentence with a Coordinating Conjunction

Many of us have been taught at some point that we should never begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction. What do most grammarians and nearly all style guides state about this? More...
Article of the Day

Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne is a complex of Neolithic chamber tombs, standing stones, henges, and prehistoric enclosures located at a wide bend in the River Boyne in Ireland. Among its most well-known sections are the passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, which possess significant collections of megalithic art. A World Heritage site, it was also used for Iron Age burials and was eventually settled by the Normans in the Middle Ages. How old are some of the tombs? More...
This Day in History

Ayatollah Khomeini Calls for the Execution of Author Salman Rushdie (1989)

When British-Indian author Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988, it received much critical acclaim, but it was also the subject of intense controversy within the Muslim community due to its allegedly blasphemous content. Particularly outraged was Iran's political and religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a call for Rushdie's execution. What misunderstanding about the book's title, as translated into Arabic, may have contributed to the crisis? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Howard Shaw (1847)

Some feminists observe Shaw's birthday in place of Valentine's Day, celebrating her legacy as a leading American suffragist, doctor, and lecturer. During World War I, she coordinated women's activities in the war effort, becoming the first woman to earn the Distinguished Service Medal. After becoming a close confidante of Susan B. Anthony, Shaw worked as one of the most effective speakers of the suffrage movement. She was also a minister who became the first woman to be ordained by what church? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you know what a man's doing, get in front of him; but if you want to guess what he's doing, keep behind him.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

not be lost on (someone)

To have a significant or noticeable impact or effect on someone; to be valued, appreciated, or understood by someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Vinegrower's Day (2018)

This pre-harvest vineyard festival in Bulgaria involves pruning the vines and sprinkling them with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed in hopes of a plentiful grape harvest. In some areas, a "Vine King" is crowned with a wreath of twigs from the vineyards. Everyone treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility depends on the King's happiness. Visits to well-known Bulgarian vineyards are organized, the vines are pruned, and guests are given an opportunity to sample the local wine and foods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: touching

adjoining - Implies meeting and touching at some point or line. More...

tact, taction - Tact first referred to the sense of touch, from Latin tactus, "touch, sense of touch"; taction is the action of touching. More...

contact - Its underlying notion is "touching," from Latin tangere, "touch." More...

attinge, attingent - To attinge is to touch or come into contact with; attingent is touching or being in contact. More...

In the News

Most bugs wouldn't survive being eaten by a toad, but these beetles get barfed to safety

Bombardier beetles are known for their feisty response to predators. When confronted, the insects blast their adversary with a boiling-hot secretion of noxious chemicals. If they get swallowed anyway, they have a back-up plan: Blast their way out from the inside. In ... More...
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