Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

veneration

Definition:(noun) A feeling of profound respect for someone or something.
Synonyms:reverence, awe, fear
Usage: Cornelius bade farewell to De Ruyter, to the Ruart de Pulten, and to glory, kissed the knees of the Grand Pensionary, for whom he entertained the deepest veneration, and retired to his house at Dort.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Brackets for Clarification

The most common use of brackets is to enclose information that clarifies or explains an ambiguous element in a quoted sentence. We can also use brackets to replace a word so the quotation fits with the natural flow of the sentence. Why must we use brackets, and not parentheses, to do this? More...
Article of the Day

Blindfold Chess

In blindfold chess, players engage in a chess match without being able to see or touch the pieces. Moves are communicated via chess notation, a system which describes the pieces' location on the board. While it is generally thought that most strong players can play at least one game blindfolded, some masters are able to play dozens of blindfolded games simultaneously with different opponents. What is the world record for the number of blindfold chess games played simultaneously by one person? More...
This Day in History

18-Year-Old Recalled From English School to Become King of Swaziland (1986)

During his 61-year rule as monarch, King Sobhuza II of Swaziland had 210 children by at least 70 wives. When Sobhuza died in 1982, one of his sons, Prince Makhosetive Dlamini, was selected as his successor. Four years later, Dlamini was crowned King Mswati III—just months before he was scheduled to take his final exams at his private English boarding school. Mswati's power as monarch is nearly absolute, and he has been criticized for abuses of his rule and for what personal indulgences? More...
Today's Birthday

Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (1287)

Mortimer was imprisoned in 1322 for opposing King Edward II, but he escaped to France. When Edward II's queen, Isabella, came to France in 1325, Mortimer became her lover. Together they invaded England in 1326 and routed Edward, whom they forced to abdicate and later had murdered. Having secured the crown for young Edward III, Mortimer, with Isabella, virtually ruled England and acquired great wealth. In 1330, he was seized by Edward III, convicted by Parliament, and executed by what means? More...
Quotation of the Day
Acknowledgement of one another's faults is the highest duty imposed by our love of truth.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

mouth-watering

Delicious; particularly appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description, especially as makes one's mouth salivate. More...
Today's Holiday

Administrative Professionals Week (2018)

Professional Secretaries' Week was started in 1952 by Professional Secretaries International—now called the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). It takes place during the last full week in April, with Administrative Professionals' Day observed on Wednesday. Many IAAP chapters sponsor special events throughout the week, but Wednesday is the day when managers and executives are supposed to give their office support staff a special token of their appreciation. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mammal

amniocentesis, amnion - Amniocentesis is formed by amnion, the innermost membrane enclosing a fetus, and Greek kentesis, "pricking." More...

endoskeleton - Contained entirely within the body of an animal, like that of mammals. More...

pelage - The fur, hair, wool, etc. of a mammal. More...

rhinarium - The hairless, habitually moist nose of some mammals, such as the antelope. More...

In the News

A search for some of Earth's most extreme creatures in the West Coast's deepest underwater canyon

Geobiologist Victoria Orphan stands at the stern of the research vessel Western Flyer, watching her colleagues put the last touches on an unusual spread. Among the offerings: a large turkey leg, an alligator head and bowls of gelatinous agar that ... More...
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