Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

palpate

Definition:(verb) To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid.
Synonyms:feel
Usage: The nurse palpated the patient's stomach but felt nothing out of the ordinary.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Adjectives

Like all adjectives, demonstrative adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. There are four common demonstrative adjectives in English: "this," "that," "these," and "those." Where do they always appear in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Splendid Isolation

Splendid Isolation is the name given to the foreign policy pursued by Britain during the late 19th century, a policy characterized by a reluctance to enter into permanent European alliances or commitments with other powers and by an increase in the importance placed on British colonies, protectorates, and dependencies overseas. Still, there is much debate among historians regarding whether or not the policy was intentional. What marked the end of Britain's so-called Splendid Isolation? More...
This Day in History

California's St. Francis Dam Fails (1928)

Constructed between 1924 and 1926, the St. Francis Dam was a concrete gravity-arch dam designed to act as a reservoir to store water for the Los Angeles Aqueduct. In 1928, the dam catastrophically failed, and the resulting flood of 12 billion US gallons (45 billion liters) of water killed more than 450 people. The dam's collapse was the worst American civil engineering failure of the 20th century and remains the second-greatest loss of life disaster in California's history, after what event? More...
Today's Birthday

Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott (1832)

Boycott was the estate agent for the Earl of Erne, an absentee landowner in County Mayo, Ireland, at a time when the Irish Land League was pressing for agrarian reform. In 1880, Boycott's refusal to reduce rents for tenant farmers, combined with his attempted eviction of 11 of them, led the League to launch a campaign of ostracism and isolation—now known as a "boycott"—against him and his family. Upon finding himself suddenly without servants, farmhands, or local services, Boycott did what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love—now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be (flat) on (one's) back

To have no strength or ability to get up. Often used when someone is sick or injured, but it can be used figuratively as well. More...
Today's Holiday

Girl Scout Day (2019)

This observance marks the anniversary of the founding of the American Girl Scouts by Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927) in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912. The day is the focal point of Girl Scout Week, which begins on the Sunday before March 12 and is observed by Girl Scout troops nationwide in various ways—with community service projects, anniversary parties, and plays. The 80th anniversary in 1992 was celebrated with various events, including the kick-off of a national service project on the environment. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spike

pricket - A candlestick with a spike for holding up the candle (or the spike itself). More...

barb - As any type of spike or projection, it is based on Latin barba, "beard"; it is also a piece of vertically pleated linen worn over or under the chin, as by nuns. More...

brad - A small or thin wire nail, it is from Old Norse broddr, "spike." More...

spike - Probably borrowed from Dutch spiker, "long sharp piece." More...

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