Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 19, 2016)
Word of the Day

whitlow

Definition:(noun) A purulent infection at the end of a finger or toe in the area surrounding the nail.
Synonyms:felon
Usage: What began as a small cut on his finger soon developed into a painful whitlow.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Hyphens

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). What is a hanging hyphen? More...
Article of the Day

Howard Baskerville

Baskerville was an American teacher and Presbyterian missionary who led a group of student soldiers against Mohammad Ali Shah during the Iranian Constitutional Revolution in the early 20th century. He is thus often referred to as the "American Lafayette in Iran"—a reference to the French military officer who participated in the American Revolution. He was shot and killed 9 days after his 24th birthday in 1909. What did Persian artisans create in recognition of his courage and sacrifice? More...
This Day in History

Prestige Oil Spill (2002)

On Nov. 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker suffered damage in a storm and began leaking oil. Denied entry to ports in Spain, France, and Portugal, the stricken vessel was kept at sea for nearly a week before it broke apart and sank about 150 mi (250 km) from the Spanish coast. The resulting oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in Spain's history, fouled much of the Galician coastline as well as parts of the French coast. How did this spill compare to that of the Exxon Valdez? More...
Today's Birthday

William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862)

Sunday was the most popular American evangelist of the World War I era, drawing an estimated 100 million people to his revival meetings. Preaching was a second career for him. Before undergoing a religious conversion, he had been a professional baseball player. A flamboyant fundamentalist whose sermons reflected the social upheaval of the transition from a rural to an urban society, Sunday advocated a strict morality and promoted Prohibition. As an evangelist, what were his thoughts on baseball? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

stuffed to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. More...
Today's Holiday

Garifuna Settlement Day (2018)

Garifuna Settlement Day honors the heritage of the Garifuna people, a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean and Central America. In 1943, Garafuna Settlement Day was declared a holiday in the southern districts of Belize, and it is now celebrated throughout the country. There are long sessions of traditional drumming and dancing, and Garifuna crafts and food are sold and displayed. Events to raise awareness and appreciation of Garifuna culture are common, including special days to dress in traditional clothing, a Miss Garifuna Belize beauty pageant, parades, and rallies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plum

drupe - A fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone (e.g. almonds, cherries, plums, olives), it comes from Latin drupa, "overripe olive," from Greek druppa, "olive." More...

plum, prune - Plum and prune are ultimately the same word, coming from Greek proumnon. More...

plum job - Relates to the 1600s British term "plum" for 1,000 pounds, meaning a serious amount of money. More...

plum pudding - So named because it was originally made with plums—the word was retained to denote "raisin," which became the main ingredient. More...

In the News

'Roundest known space object' identified

Astronomers claim to have discovered the roundest object ever measured in nature. Kepler 11145123 is a distant, slowly rotating star that's more than twice the size of the Sun. Researchers were able to show that the difference between its radius as ... More...
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