Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

graver

Definition:(noun) A tool used by an engraver.
Synonyms:pointel
Usage: The jewelry designer's studio was attached to her shop, so customers could watch her hammer metals and draw elegant designs with her graver.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Tense (Approximation)

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language. There are really only aspects of the future tense. What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Kinship Terminology

Kinship terms like mother and son are words used by a specific culture to describe various familial relationships. Such terminologies include words used to address members of one's own family as well as words used to identify people's relationships to one another. Kinship terms generally distinguish between the sexes and generations and indicate whether people are related by blood or marriage. What is the difference between "descriptive" and "classificatory" kinship terms? More...
This Day in History

Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis Ends in Lima, Peru (1997)

The Japanese ambassador to Peru was holding a party at his home in Lima on December 17, 1996, when 14 members of a revolutionary militant group stormed the compound, taking more than 400 guests hostage. Most were released in the following weeks, but 72 Japanese and Peruvian hostages were held until April, when Peruvian military forces swarmed the building and killed the militants. Only one hostage and two commandos died, and the raid was deemed a success. What had been the militants' demands? More...
Today's Birthday

Peter Kenneth Frampton (1950)

British rocker Peter Frampton performed with successful bands The Herd and Humble Pie before going solo in 1971. His breakthrough album, 1976's Frampton Comes Alive!, remains one of the best-selling live albums of all time. It includes hits such as "Do You Feel Like We Do?" and "Show Me The Way," which feature his signature talk box effect that makes the guitar sound like it is "talking." Why did Frampton regret appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone at the height of his success? More...
Quotation of the Day
You can never have a revolution in order to establish a democracy. You must have a democracy in order to have a revolution.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

have the courage of (one's) convictions

To have the confidence to act or behave in accordance with one's beliefs or ideologies, especially in the face of resistance, criticism, or persecution. More...
Today's Holiday

Peppercorn Ceremony (2020)

This ceremony has been a tradition on the island of Bermuda since 1816, when a lease to the State House in St. George was granted to the common council of St. George in trust by the members of the Masonic Lodge for the annual rent of one peppercorn. On the day of the Peppercorn Ceremony, the governor of Bermuda arrives at the State House in a horse-drawn carriage and receives a key to the State House. The rent of one peppercorn is delivered on a velvet pillow, and members of the Executive Council proceed to the State House for their meeting. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: medical term

brainstorm - By the 1890s, it was a medical term for "mental explosion". More...

canities - The medical term for the graying or whitening of hair. More...

repercussion - First a medical term for "repressing an infection." More...

tension - Originally a medical term for the condition of being physically strained. More...

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