Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

plexus

Definition:(noun) A structure in the form of a network, especially of nerves, blood vessels, or lymphatics.
Synonyms:rete
Usage: The bullet missed his cardiac plexus by an inch, leaving all the nerves intact.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Generic "You"

The second-person pronouns are also often used to indicate an unspecified person. This is sometimes referred to as "generic you," "impersonal you," or "indefinite you." This is less formal than its counterpart, the pronoun "one," but it is sometimes preferred. Why? More...
Article of the Day

The Anatomy Act of 1832

Prior to 1832, only the corpses of executed murderers were allowed to be dissected in the UK, but with the rise of medical science and the scaling back of executions, demand came to outstrip supply. The British Anatomy Act, passed in response to public concern about the illegal trade in corpses, was an act of Parliament that increased the supply of cadavers legally available for medical research and education. What were "resurrectionists," and how were they impacted by the Anatomy Act? More...
This Day in History

Rwandan Genocide Begins (1994)

In 1993, after years of conflict between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups in Rwanda, a new accord was signed and a UN peacekeeping mission was established. However, when Rwanda's and Burundi's presidents were killed in a suspicious plane crash in April 1994, civil strife erupted on a massive scale. Rwandan soldiers and Hutu gangs slaughtered an estimated 500,000 to 1 million people, mostly Tutsis and moderate Hutus, in the 100 or so days before the Tutsis regained power. What has happened since? More...
Today's Birthday

Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890)

A journalist and conservationist, Douglas lived to the age of 108. A turning point in her long life came in 1947, when her book, The Everglades: River of Grass was published. It sounded an early warning of the environmental perils facing the Florida Everglades. Everglades National Park was established that same year. Douglas cofounded Friends of the Everglades in 1969 and is widely credited with helping to slow the destruction of the swamp ecosystem. Where were her ashes scattered? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

sounding board

A person or group with whom one discusses an idea, plan, or suggestion in order to evaluate its strengths, acceptability, feasibility, practicality, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenia Motherhood and Beauty Day (2022)

This is a national holiday in Armenia, celebrated each year on April 7. It comes not long after another national holiday, Women's Day, which is celebrated on March 8. Women's Day is meant to honor all women, but Motherhood and Beauty Day is dedicated especially to those who have become mothers. Children and adults alike show their affection for their mothers with special visits, cards, and gifts. Sending flowers to one's mother is an especially popular way to mark this holiday. Another tradition associated with the day is the gift of a twig that has fresh sprouts on it. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: treasure

hamper - A food basket for a picnic, it is a phonetic reduction of the word hanaper, "plate basket," or "repository for treasure." More...

garrison - At first, it meant "store, treasure." More...

treasure - Based on Greek thesauros. More...

treasure trove - From French, literally meaning "found treasure." More...

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