Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

sawhorse

Definition:(noun) A frame with legs, used to support pieces of wood being sawed.
Synonyms:buck, horse, sawbuck
Usage: While thus engaged they came to the edge of a wood, and the boy sat down to rest upon an old sawhorse that some woodcutter had left there.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time. Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, what must be used for clarity? More...
Article of the Day

Lingua Ignota

Lingua Ignota, Latin for “unknown language,” is considered one of the first constructed languages, meaning that it was devised by an individual and did not evolve naturally within a culture. The 12th century abbess Saint Hildegard developed the 23-letter language, describing it in a two-manuscript work containing a 1,011 word glossary. She defines her words in hierarchical order, listing the terms for God and angels before words for humans. What is the language's relationship to Latin? More...
This Day in History

Crazy Horse's Last Stand: The Battle of Wolf Mountain (1877)

At the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, American Indian forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull soundly defeated US Lt. Col. George Custer in what would come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand." Six months later, Crazy Horse made a final stand of his own. At Wolf Mountain in Montana, he and his men engaged US Cavalry forces in harsh winter weather, despite being outnumbered, weak, and starving. Though he had been prepared to negotiate peace, something changed his mind—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Ransom Rogers (1902)

An influential American psychologist, Rogers is best known for having developed the technique of nondirective therapy, in which therapists refrain from offering advice or interpretation so as to allow clients to talk freely. By the 1960s, his method had been widely adopted, and Rogers became one of the best-known professionals in his field. His books include 1961's On Becoming a Person. According to Rogers, what are the characteristics of a fully functioning person living "the good life"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is true immorality: ignorance and stupidity; the devil is nothing but this.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

lock (someone) up and throw away the key

To incarcerate someone in prison forever or indefinitely. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gudula's Day (2018)

St. Gudula (or Gudule) is the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium. According to legend, Satan was so envious of her piety and influence among the people that he often tried to extinguish her lantern as she returned from midnight mass. But as she prayed for help, an angel would re-light the candle. Her relics were moved to Brussels in 978. Since 1047 they have remained in the church of St. Michael, thereafter called the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral . Her feast day is observed with great solemnity in Brussels, particularly at the cathedral that bears her name. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small room

aedicule - A small room or structure used as a shrine—or a niche for a statue. More...

cove - Comes from Old English cofa, "small room," from the Germanic root kubon, and came to mean "small hollow place in coastal rocks," and then "small bay." More...

cabinet - Originally meant a small room and came to apply to the group of politicians who met in the room. More...

conclave - Based on Latin con- and clavis, "key," as it was first an inner chamber or private room to which one would have needed a key, literally a "place that can be locked up," or a room or set of rooms that can be opened with only one key. More...

In the News

Britain Set for First Mass Strike by Doctors in 40 Years

The British government said it was seeking to hold talks with doctors in its state-funded health service in a last-ditch bid to avert a series of mass walkouts, potentially the first such strikes for four decades. Junior doctors, or doctors in training who ... More...
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