Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 18, 2016)
Word of the Day

punctilious

Definition:(adjective) Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct.
Synonyms:meticulous
Usage: The old prince, like all fathers indeed, was exceedingly punctilious on the score of the honor and reputation of his daughters.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indefinite Pronouns: People and Things

Quite a few indefinite pronouns can be used to refer to either people or things. In such cases, we rely on context or other elements of the sentence to know which. What are some indefinite pronouns that can refer to both things and people? More...
Article of the Day

The Gavel

Used by judges, presiding officers, and auctioneers, gavels are small ceremonial mallets often struck against a block to call for attention or punctuate rulings. Because it is often used forcefully and therefore broken, the gavel in the US House of Representatives is plain, wooden, and easily replaced. The US Senate gavel is made of solid ivory and is actually a replica. Which US Vice President splintered the original—which had been used since 1789—during a heated debate on nuclear energy? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Kills 85, Injures Hundreds at Argentinean Jewish Community Center (1994)

At 200,000, Argentina's Jewish community is the largest in Latin America. Sadly, during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, it became a target. In 1992, the Israeli Embassy was bombed. Two years later, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building was bombed, killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Argentine prosecutors have since accused the government of Iran and the Hezbollah militia of carrying out the 1994 attack, but no one has been convicted. Why was Judge Juan José Galeano removed from the case? More...
Today's Birthday

"The Unsinkable" Molly Brown (1867)

Though remembered as a socialite, Brown was actually a working class girl who married a miner. She only became wealthy upon the success of her husband's engineering developments in the mining industry. In the sinking of the Titanic, Brown was lauded for helping to command a lifeboat and search for survivors. For her heroic efforts, she became known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." However, she had never been called "Molly" during her lifetime. What did her friends call her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Influence, n.: In politics, a visionary quo given in exchange for a substantial quid.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

odds and sods

An assortment of small, miscellaneous items, especially those that are not especially important or valuable. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Golden Days (2018)

Golden Days is a celebration in Fairbanks, Alaska, of the discovery of gold here on July 22, 1902, and the Gold Rush days that followed. This is the largest summertime event in Alaska. The week of activities includes "Fairbanks in Bloom," billed as the farthest-north flower show, a rubber ducky race, beard and hairy-leg contests, drag races, a golf tournament, concerts, and a grand parade. There's also a Felix Pedro look-alike contest. Felix Pedrone (remembered as Felix Pedro) was the Italian immigrant who first found gold on a creek near what is now Fairbanks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sunset

occultation - One of its meanings is "the disappearance from view of a star or planet in the sun's rays after sunset or before sunrise, when the star or planet is above the horizon." More...

acronical - Means happening at sunset or twilight. More...

antitwilight - The sky's pink or purple glow after sunset. More...

evening - Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark. More...

In the News

Largest Map Ever Made Will Unlock the History of the Universe

What you're looking at is a slice of the entire universe, a web of galaxies billions of light years away. You're also looking into the past, since the further into the distance you look, the longer it took that light to reach your eyes. It all seems a lot smaller ... More...
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