Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

cubbyhole

Definition:(noun) A small secluded room.
Synonyms:snug
Usage: Back in her cubbyhole of an office, Nina sat down at her desk.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective + "for"

The best way to learn correct adjective and preposition combinations is by memorizing some of the most common pairings. "For" can be used with adjectives to demonstrate purpose or reason. An adjective + "for" can also be used to emphasize what? More...
Article of the Day

Troy Town

Many of England's historic turf mazes—labyrinthine paths formed by cutting complex patterns into grass—were given names that incorporate the word "Troy," such as Troy Town, The City of Troy, or Troy's Walls. Such names were presumably used because, according to popular legend, the walls of the city of Troy were constructed in such a confusing and complex manner that any enemy who entered would be unable to find his way out. What is thought to have been the original purpose of these turf mazes? 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
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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...

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