Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

ventail

Definition:(noun) A medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck.
Synonyms:camail
Usage: The sword caught him just below the jaw, but the ventail protected his neck.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs and Indirect Objects

Only verbs that express an action being relayed to or done for another person or thing can take indirect objects. What are these verbs called? More...
Article of the Day

Geneva

Geneva is the second largest city in Switzerland. Situated on the Lake of Geneva and divided by the Rhône River, it became a focal point of the Reformation when John Calvin arrived there in 1536, after the city expelled its bishop. The city's intellectual life reached its zenith in the 18th century, when the stern theocracy of Calvin had mellowed into patrician rule and Voltaire and Rousseau were among the city's residents. What important international organizations are headquartered there? More...
This Day in History

Mike Tyson Bites Off Part of Evander Holyfield's Ear (1997)

Once a renowned heavyweight boxer, Tyson sought a comeback in 1995 after spending three years in prison following a rape conviction. His first fight with Holyfield in 1996 saw Holyfield, who was in the midst of a comeback of his own, defeat Tyson for the heavyweight title. Their 1997 rematch was temporarily halted when Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield's ear—and permanently stopped when Tyson bit him again on the other ear and was disqualified. What reason did Tyson give for the infamous bite? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexis Carrel (1873)

In 1894, French president Sadi Carnot died because surgeons could not reconnect his severed veins after a stabbing. The incident inspired Carrel, a French surgeon, to develop a suturing technique based on methods used by embroiderers. Known as triangulation, the technique is still used today. Carrel won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912 for his work on sutures and organ transplants. He also developed the artificial heart with what American famous for non-medical work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Follow your honest convictions and be strong.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

money for jam

A very quick and easy way to earn money. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion (2018)

The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village that was raided by the police on June 28, 1969. As the outraged crowd threw stones and bottles, more police arrived and subdued what had turned into a riot. Today, the event is regarded as a turning point in the history of the gay rights movement. It is commemorated in New York, Philadelphia, and other U.S. cities with parades, memorial services for those who have died of AIDS, and other activities to draw attention to the ways in which homosexuals have been discriminated against. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: polished

facetious - Originally meant "having polished or urbane manners," and, along with sequoia, uses all five vowels. More...

nitid - A word for "bright, shining, polished, glossy." More...

polite - Actually meant "polished" or "burnished" when it came into English. More...

urban, urbane - Urban refers to a city; urbane means polished and smooth, as in a person's demeanor. More...

In the News

New Species: Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab Found in Antarctica

It's white. It's hairy. It's elusive. It's a yeti … crab. Meet Kiwa tyleri, the newest member of the yeti crab family and the first to be found in the cold waters off Antarctica. Unlike its Abominable Snowman namesake, this clawed crustacean ranges ... More...
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