Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 23, 2015)
Word of the Day

mollify

Definition:(verb) To calm in temper or feeling; soothe.
Synonyms:appease, assuage, conciliate, pacify, placate
Usage: She was so outraged that nothing her friends said could mollify her anger.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject Complements

A subject complement is the information that follows a linking verb to describe, identify, or rename the subject of the clause. What are the three types of subject complements? More...
Article of the Day

Conscientious Objectors

A conscientious objector is a person who, due to religious or moral principles, refuses to participate in military service. The concept has been present in different forms since the beginning of the Christian era. Political opposition to conscription, such as that maintained by many during the Vietnam War, is usually considered a separate category. What leader—and noted war hero—said that war will exist until "the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior"? More...
This Day in History

Principality of Liechtenstein Is Created (1719)

Occupying 62 square miles (160 sq km) between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein was formed when the Austrian family of the same name purchased the lordships of Schellenberg and Vaduz in the Holy Roman Empire. It became fully independent in 1866. Today, the tiny mountainous country has no airport, no military, and very little crime. It is best known for its financial industry but is also a leading producer of sausage casings and false teeth. What is Liechtenstein's population? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910)

Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Gypsy jazz guitarist whose blend of swing and traditional Gypsy music, as well as his unconventional technique, made him a legendary figure in jazz. He learned to play guitar while traveling in France as a child and began playing professionally at 12. Severely burned in a caravan fire in 1928, he lost the use of two of his fingers but adapted his style to the disability. What heavy metal guitarist was inspired by Reinhardt to keep playing after his own hand injury? More...
Quotation of the Day
Age, like woman, requires fit surroundings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

look askance upon (someone or something)

To view or regard something in a disapproving or distrustful manner. More...
Today's Holiday

San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day (2018)

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: organs

consensus - Came into English in a physiological sense, meaning "a set of organs" or the "involuntary or reflex actions of the nervous system." More...

homogenous - Can refer to genetically related tissue or organs. More...

lung - Goes back to an Indo-European word for "light," because of the lightness of the organ. More...

sensorium - The seat of common sense, the center of the brain to which sense impressions are transmitted by the nerves from the organs. More...

In the News

3D X-Ray Used to Read Charred Vesuvius Scroll

When the Italian town of Herculaneum was destroyed by a blast from Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE, it left behind the only classical library still in existence—but in charred and matted scrolls so fragile that they cannot be safely unrolled. Enter 3-D X-ray technology, typically reserved for mammography, which a group of researchers recently used to see inside the scrolls without unrolling them. The team has reported making out some Greek letters using this X-ray technique, which is best at picking out minute differences in similar surfaces. Because some ink never penetrated the papyrus, the letters stand out in relief. More...
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