Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

cubbyhole

Definition:(noun) A small secluded room.
Synonyms:snug
Usage: Back in her cubbyhole of an office, Nina sat down at her desk.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

Troy Town

Many of England's historic turf mazes—labyrinthine paths formed by cutting complex patterns into grass—were given names that incorporate the word "Troy," such as Troy Town, The City of Troy, or Troy's Walls. Such names were presumably used because, according to popular legend, the walls of the city of Troy were constructed in such a confusing and complex manner that any enemy who entered would be unable to find his way out. What is thought to have been the original purpose of these turf mazes? More...
This Day in History

Former Slave Isabella Baumfree Becomes Sojourner Truth (1843)

Born into slavery in New York, Baumfree had four different masters before escaping with her infant daughter in 1826, one year before the state abolished slavery. She traveled and championed abolition, changing her name in 1843. Her dictated memoirs were published as The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. In 1851, she delivered what is now known as the "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at the Women's Rights Convention. How did the first report of the speech differ from later accounts? More...
Today's Birthday

Dr. Henry Faulds (1843)

Faulds was a Scottish doctor and scientist who pioneered the study of fingerprints as forensic evidence. He first became interested in fingerprints after noticing the imprints left by craftsmen's fingertips in ancient pottery. Convinced that fingerprints could be a valuable investigative tool, Faulds unsuccessfully tried to convince Scotland Yard to employ his methods. His findings went largely unnoticed during his lifetime. How does Darwin's cousin factor into a controversy over Faulds's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." More...
Today's Holiday

Gawai Dayak (2021)

Gawai Dayak is a rice harvest festival of the Dayak people of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the northern coast of Borneo. Some aspects of the celebrations have remained essentially the same for centuries. At midnight on the eve of Gawai Dayak, a house elder conducts the chief ritual: while sacrificing a white cock, he recites a poem to ask for guidance, blessings, and a long life. Other events include the selection of the most beautiful man and woman to be king and queen of the harvest, dancing, a feast of rice, eggs, and vegetables, and the serving of traditional tuak, rice wine. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrist

dolman sleeve - One that is much wider at the arm-hole than it is at the wrist, patterned on a Turkish robe. More...

rasceta, rascettes - The deep transverse creases across your wrist at the base of the palm are rasceta or rascettes. More...

carpus - In humans, it is the group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand. More...

wrist - The wrist of the foot is the instep or ankle. More...

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