Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

spelunker

Definition:(noun) One who explores caves chiefly as a hobby; a caver.
Synonyms:potholer, speleologist
Usage: The spelunkers were lost in the cave and worried that their minimal rations, two granola bars and a bag of salted peanuts, would not last long.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modifiers

Modifiers are, quite simply, any word or group of words that modifies (describes or elaborates upon) another element in a sentence. Modifiers can either be adjectives or what other part of speech? More...
Article of the Day

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common health problem, second in prevalence only to the common cold. About 75% of all people have had their first cavity by the age of 5. Decay is caused by 3 factors: plaque bacteria, sugar, and a vulnerable tooth surface. Although several microorganisms can cause tooth decay, the primary disease agent appears to be Streptococcus mutans. If left untreated, decay can lead to tooth loss, infection, and, in severe cases, death. What drugs can lead to rampant tooth decay? More...
This Day in History

Cato Street Conspiracy: Plot to Kill British Cabinet Ministers Foiled (1820)

In 1816, Arthur Thistlewood, a member of the revolutionary Spencean Society in London, organized a public meeting at Spa Fields, at which a revolution was to be started. However, the meeting was easily dispersed, and Thistlewood was arrested and narrowly escaped conviction for treason. Undeterred, Thistlewood later plotted the assassination of cabinet members. The government, apprised of the conspiracy, surprised the plotters at their arsenal in a Cato Street loft. What became of Thistlewood? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Paul II (1417)

Born in Venice as Pietro Barbo, Pope Paul II was the successor of Pope Pius II, and the nephew of Pope Eugene IV. A Renaissance pope, he patronized printing, beautified and improved Rome, and collected antiquities. Like Pius II, he was involved in struggles with the Bohemian George of Podebrad, who was the leader of the Utraquists, or the moderate Hussites, in the wars between Hussites and Catholics. Paul excommunicated George in 1466. Who succeeded Paul II as pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

yardarm to yardarm

outdated Really close together. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Polycarp's Day (2019)

St. Polycarp (c. 69-c. 155) was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. He became bishop of Smyrna in 96 and, when the persecution of Christians was ordered by Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, he was condemned to be burned at the stake. But according to legend, the fire formed an arch over his head and his body was left unharmed. When a spear was plunged into his heart, so much blood poured out that it quenched the flames. It was the martyrdom of St. Polycarp that gave rise to one of Christianity's richest traditions: the annual commemoration of the anniversary of a saint's death. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inn

caravanserai - A type of inn in Eastern countries where caravans are put up. More...

harbergery - An inn or place of entertainment. More...

inn - Etymologically a place "in" which people live or stay, from Proto-Germanic innam. More...

ostler - A stableman at an inn. More...

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