Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 9, 2021)
Word of the Day

panacea

Definition:(noun) A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties.
Synonyms:cure-all
Usage: Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic Cheap-Jack holding aloft his quack cures for human ills.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound-Complex Sentences

Compound-complex sentences are made up of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. In a compound-complex sentence, how is the complex independent clause joined to the other independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Musk

Used as a popular perfume fixative since ancient times, musk is an odorous substance obtained from a gland of the male musk deer. Its strong odor comes from the organic compound muscone. Musklike substances are also obtained from the muskrat and the civet, and even some plants yield oils that resemble musk. Since musk deer are often killed to extract the gland, ethical concerns—as well as economic ones—have led to the production of synthetic musk. Why has this also come under scrutiny recently? More...
This Day in History

Roman Emperor Nero Commits Suicide (68 CE)

Often remembered as a tyrant who played the fiddle while watching Rome burn, Nero was the fifth and last Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Though few surviving sources treat him favorably, some portray him as a competent emperor who was popular with the Roman people. In 68 CE, a military coup drove Nero into hiding, where he reportedly stabbed himself to avoid facing execution at the hands of the Roman Senate. Why do historians claim that the legend of Nero and his fiddle is false? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert McNamara (1916)

McNamara served as the US Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. He took the post just months after being named president of the Ford Motor Company. As secretary, he shifted US military strategy away from heavy reliance on nuclear weaponry and strengthened conventional fighting capacity. He initially supported the escalation of the Vietnam War, but his growing doubts led him to eventually resign from the cabinet. He then became the president of what international organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
Victory is ever fickle.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

thanks for nothing!

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2022)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: males

alpha male - A domineering man; the dominant member in a group of males, especially animals. More...

kiva - In Native American Pueblo practices, an underground chamber used by the males for religious rites. More...

mixed voices - Voices of both males and females united in the same performance. More...

spanandry - Scarcity of males in a population. More...

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