Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 21, 2013)
Word of the Day

valuate

Definition:(verb) Evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of.
Synonyms:appraise, assess, measure
Usage: The jewelry must be valuated by a professional before the marital assets can be divided.
Article of the Day

Sappho

The subject of many legends, Sappho was a Greek lyric poet who lived more than 2,500 years ago on the island of Lesbos, where she was the leader of a thiasos, an informal female community. Her verse is characterized by her passionate love of nature and women, the latter of which gave rise to the term lesbian, derived from the name of her island home. She wrote in a variety of meters, one of which has come to be known as "Sapphic" in her honor. How many of Sappho's complete poems have survived? More...
This Day in History

Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922)

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick unsuccessfully fought the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote—and to vote against him in retaliation when he ran for US Senate. Before the election, he tried to appease female voters by naming Felton, an 87-year-old suffragist and white supremacist, to be Georgia's interim senator for the shortest term in history—one day. Felton thus became the first woman, one of the last former slave-owners, and the oldest freshman to serve. Did Hardwick's ploy work? More...
Today's Birthday

Mollie Steimer (1897)

After immigrating to New York City from Russia as a teen, Steimer worked in the garment industry, where she became involved in workers' rights and anarchism. After joining a Jewish anarchist collective, she began publishing leaflets that opposed US involvement in World War I. Arrested for distributing them, she was convicted under the Espionage Act and deported to Russia. She was soon forced to leave Russia, and later fled both Germany and France. Where did she spend the rest of her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Long brooding over those lost pleasures exaggerates their charm and sweetness.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

in (the) bud

In an undeveloped, immature, or incipient state. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2017)

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the eighth century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More...
In the News

"Selfie" Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year

"Twerking" has been in the news quite a bit lately, but it is no "Word of the Year" according to the honchos at Oxford Dictionaries. That distinction goes to "selfie," a term for a self-portrait photograph that first gained traction on social media but has since passed into mainstream usage. Though "selfie" is not a new word—its earliest known usage dates back to a 2002 post on an online forum—its frequency of use increased an astounding 17,000 percent over the past year, earning it the title. More...
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