Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

viscus

Definition:(noun) A main organ that is situated inside the body.
Synonyms:internal organ
Usage: The doctor showed the students a detailed model of the viscus and explained its many functions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as "ellipsis points" ( . . . ). What is the ellipsis used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

Labyrinths

A labyrinth is an intricate building of chambers and interconnecting passages often constructed so as to perplex and confuse a person inside. The most celebrated structure of this sort was designed, according to Greek mythology, by the Athenian artisan Daedalus to confine the Minotaur, a monster with a bull's head and a man's body. Theseus, an Athenian hero, entered the beast's labyrinth to slay it. How did he find his way out of the maze after killing the Minotaur? More...
This Day in History

Former Slave Isabella Baumfree Becomes Sojourner Truth (1843)

Born into slavery in New York, Baumfree had four different masters before escaping with her infant daughter in 1826, one year before the state abolished slavery. She traveled and championed abolition, changing her name in 1843. Her dictated memoirs were published as The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. In 1851, she delivered what is now known as the "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at the Women's Rights Convention. How did the first report of the speech differ from later accounts? More...
Today's Birthday

Dr. Henry Faulds (1843)

Faulds was a Scottish doctor and scientist who pioneered the study of fingerprints as forensic evidence. He first became interested in fingerprints after noticing the imprints left by craftsmen's fingertips in ancient pottery. Convinced that fingerprints could be a valuable investigative tool, Faulds unsuccessfully tried to convince Scotland Yard to employ his methods. His findings went largely unnoticed during his lifetime. How does Darwin's cousin factor into a controversy over Faulds's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

now (someone) has gone and done it

Someone has just done something very grave, foolish, and/or irreparable. More...
Today's Holiday

Samoa Independence Day (2018)

Samoa (called Western Samoa until 1997) gained independence from New Zealand on January 1, 1962. Because the rainy season in Samoa comes in January, however, celebrations are held in June on the first day of the month. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spinning

heckle - First a "flax comb" for splitting and straightening the fibers for spinning; its metaphorical sense developed from its verb form, "to mangle by cutting, to cut roughly." More...

distaff side, spear side - The female side of a family is the distaff side—the distaff being a stick used for holding yarn when spinning; the male side is the spear side. More...

fouette - A spectacular pirouette in which the ballerina whips her raised leg around in an eggbeater motion while spinning on the other leg. More...

turngiddy - Means dizzy from spinning around. More...

In the News

At 96, Dr. Heimlich Uses His Own Maneuver on Choking Victim

Dr. Henry Heimlich used the life-saving technique he invented for the first time on a choking woman at his ... More...
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