Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

tortuosity

Definition:(noun) The quality or condition of being tortuous; twistedness or crookedness.
Synonyms:crookedness, torsion, contortion
Usage: The old tree was enormous, and they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Two Reciprocal Pronouns

The two reciprocal pronouns in English are "each other" and "one another." In more traditional grammar, "each other" is used to identify only two people who are engaged in the mutual action, while "one another" describes how many people? More...
Article of the Day

Codex Seraphinianus

Written and illustrated by Italian architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini over a 30-month period from 1976 to 1978, Codex Seraphinianus is a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world. Each of the book's 11 chapters uses an incomprehensible alphabetic language and colorful textbook-style illustrations to describe the world's nature and various aspects of life, including its surreal animals, machines, and history. What chapter is thought to be the most abstract and enigmatic? More...
This Day in History

Doctorate in Philosophy Awarded to a Woman for the First Time (1678)

Born to a noble Venetian family, Elena Cornaro Piscopia became the first woman to be awarded a doctorate in philosophy. A child prodigy, Piscopia went on to complete a brilliant course of study at the University of Padua. During her graduation ceremony, she spoke in classical Latin for an hour, explaining passages from Aristotle. She spent the next several years devoted to study and charity before dying of tuberculosis at age 38. How many languages did she master before receiving her doctorate? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre Culliford, AKA Peyo (1928)

Born Pierre Culliford, Belgian comics artist Peyo is known for creating Les Schtroumpfs, better known to English speakers as The Smurfs. The little, blue characters debuted in a supporting role in Peyo's series Johan and Peewit and then began appearing on their own in 1959. Smurf merchandise, particularly figurines, along with animated films and television shows, helped their popularity soar, and the Smurfs became an international phenomenon. How did Peyo get his pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a mixed picture

A portrayal of a situation highlighting both positive and negative aspects of its nature or status. More...
Today's Holiday

Mozambique Independence Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates Mozambique's independence from Portugal, attained on this day in 1975 after 10 years of warfare and nearly half a century of Portuguese rule. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: olive oil

factory - Originally a place where traders did their business in another country, based on Latin factorium, "an oil press" (for olive oil). More...

oil - From Latin oleum, from Greek elaion, "olive oil; other oily substance." More...

salmagundi - First a dish of chopped meat and eggs, highly seasoned and served with lemon juice and olive oil. More...

amurca - Sediment in olive oil. More...

In the News

Even a Small Meal for a Doctor Can Tip the Balance for a Brand-Name Drug

Evidence is mounting that doctors who receive as little as one meal from a drug company tend to prescribe more expensive, brand-name medications for common ailments than those who don't. A study published online Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine found significant ... More...
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