Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

cuspidor

Definition:(noun) A receptacle for spit (usually in a public place).
Synonyms:spittoon
Usage: Louisa was revolted when their mysterious guest coughed, spitting mucus into his already brimming cuspidor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plural Possession with Apostrophes

If there is more than one person, place, or thing that possesses something else, then the rules for showing possession change slightly. Because an "-s" is usually added to a word to make it plural, the "-s" that follows the apostrophe is dropped. What marks possession in this case? More...
Article of the Day

Energy Vampires

In New Age terminology, an energy vampire is a being said to have the ability to feed off the "life force" of other creatures. Such entities include the tiger-women of Asia and the incubi and succubi of Judeo-Christian mythology. Though not as popular as their blood-sucking counterparts, energy vampires have nonetheless made appearances in a number of works of popular fiction. Who popularized the term "psychic vampire" in the 1960s? More...
This Day in History

British Troops Are Deployed in Northern Ireland (1969)

In August 1969, tensions between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland came to a head in the predominantly-Catholic Bogside neighborhood of Londonderry. For days, fighting raged with Catholic residents on one side and police and Protestant residents on the other. On August 14, British troops were deployed to restore order. Some consider that day to be the definitive beginning of the decades-long conflict known as The Troubles. How did residents react to the arrival of the army? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Christian Ørsted (1777)

Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist. In 1820, he discovered that electric current passing through a wire can deflect a nearby compass needle, a phenomenon that inspired the development of electromagnetic theory. His 1820 discovery of piperine, one of the pungent components of pepper, was an important contribution to chemistry. In 1824, he founded a society devoted to the spread of scientific knowledge among the general public. What unit of measurement was named after him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

knock (someone) over with a feather

To shock, confuse, or astonish someone to a point of complete bewilderment; throw someone for a loop. More often phrased as "you could have knocked me over with a feather," expressing great bewilderment or surprise. More...
Today's Holiday

Pakistan Independence Day (2017)

On this day in 1947, Pakistan gained independence from Britain. Pakistan had been part of the immense British colony of India since the 18th century. Independence Day is a national holiday observed in much the same way as Pakistan Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: manuscript

acephalous - A manuscript lacking a beginning could be called acephalous. More...

autograph - Comes from Greek, then Latin autographum, meaning "self-written"; it originally meant "author's own manuscript." More...

manuscript - Originally an adjective meaning "written by hand"; manuscript can refer to a handwritten piece of music. More...

palimpsest - Can describe a manuscript or writing surface that has been reused, erased, or altered while retaining traces of its earlier form—and, by extension, an object, place, or area that reflects its history. More...

In the News

We Finally Know Who Forged Piltdown Man, One of Science's Most Notorious Hoaxes

When Piltdown Man was unveiled before a meeting of London geologists in 1912, he was heralded as paleoanthropology's "missing link," the long-sought transitional form between modern humans and our great ape ancestor. He had a smallish skull, a chimp-like ... More...
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