Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

borecole

Definition:(noun) A hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head.
Synonyms:kale, Brassica oleracea acephala, colewort
Usage: The aristocrats did not enjoy the health benefits of borecole because they considered it a peasant's food.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quantifying Uncountable Nouns

Although similar in nature to other nouns, uncountable nouns refer to things that cannot be divided into individual units, and that therefore cannot be made plural at all. How do we quantify them? More...
Article of the Day

Faiyum Mummy Portraits

For the first three centuries CE, the people of Roman Egypt, especially those of the Faiyum region, used hot, pigmented wax to paint portraits of the dead on wooden or plaster-coated panels. Renowned for their naturalism, the detailed funerary masks, which were placed over the faces of Faiyum's ancient mummies, make up the richest body of portraiture to have survived from antiquity. What do some scholars claim the age of the subjects in the portraits says about life expectancy at the time? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Dettingen (1743)

In 1713, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction, which stated that a female heir could inherit his lands. When his daughter Maria Theresa became queen in 1740, the War of Austrian Succession erupted. Austrian, British, German, and Dutch troops formed the Pragmatic Army, named in support of the sanction, and defeated French troops in the Battle of Dettingen, despite having no access to supplies. In the battle, what did King George II do that no British monarch has done since? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis XII of France (1462)

King of France from 1498 to 1515, Louis XII succeeded his cousin Charles VIII. Called the "Father of the People" by his subjects, Louis maintained his popularity by ruling with moderation. Despite early victories, he was unsuccessful in asserting French claims in Italy after he met resistance from Pope Julius II's "Holy League." Though his failures in Italy did not tarnish his image in France, they were the subject of a commentary in a famous work by what Italian political theorist of the time? More...
Quotation of the Day
To be in the weakest camp is to be in the strongest school.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) moment in the sun

A brief period of time in which one is or has been particularly successful, popular, famous, etc., especially when set against an otherwise moderate or unremarkable life. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith (2018)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as Mormons, commemorate the day on which their founder, Joseph Smith, and his brother, Hyrum, were murdered in the city jail in Carthage, Illinois, in 1844. Joseph had announced his candidacy for presidency earlier that year; as the mayor of Nauvoo, IL, Smith saw to it that the press used to print the opposition newspaper was destroyed. Threats of mob violence followed, and Smith and his brother were jailed for treason. A mob of men stormed the jail on June 27 and killed them, thus elevating them to the status of martyrs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pole

boom - From Dutch, originally a long beam or pole. More...

pogo stick - Came onto the scene around 1921, but is of uncertain etymology, possibly from "pole" and "go." More...

pole position - Refers to pole as the term for the inside fence on a racecourse. More...

trolley pole - The pole sticking up from a bumper car. More...

In the News

Teen Dies from "Brain-Eating Amoeba" Post Church Trip

Referred to as the "brain-eating amoeba," Naegleria fowleri prevails in warm freshwater, hot springs and badly maintained swimming pools. The single-celled organism makes its way into the body of a person through the nose, and can lead to a fatal infection ... More...
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