Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

excavate

Definition:(verb) Remove the inner part or the core of.
Synonyms:dig, hollow
Usage: The mining company wants to excavate the hillside and build a tunnel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Verbs that Indicate Possibility

Because modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, it is sometimes unclear when it's more appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, we use "may," and "might" to express a possibility. Which of these verbs tends to express less certainty or a lower likelihood? More...
Article of the Day

Attachment Therapy

Attachment therapy refers to a category of mental health interventions used to treat patients with attachment disorders, behavioral disorders caused by the lack of an emotionally secure attachment to a caregiver in the first two years of life and characterized by an inability to form healthy relationships. While there are attachment-related interventions based on generally accepted theory, some treatments are so controversial that they have been banned. Which methods are most strongly opposed? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More...
Today's Birthday

Walker Evans (1903)

Evans was an American photographer known for his stark photos of the rural South during the Great Depression, taken for the Farm Security Administration. In 1936, Fortune magazine sent Evans and writer James Agee to document poverty in rural Alabama. The magazine rejected their work, but the two used the material for their landmark 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A 2005 Fortune article revealed that some of their subjects were upset about the book for what reasons? More...
Quotation of the Day
My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851)

Idiom of the Day

scare story

A story or rumor that makes something seem more serious, dreadful, or terrifying than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Dominica Independence Day (2018)

On this day in 1978, Dominica gained independence from Britain as it became a member of the Commonwealth. It is celebrated as a national holiday for three days, including November 3. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: staff

baguette - Means "little rod" and is derived from Latin baculum, "staff, stick." More...

dough - As in money, it almost certainly came from bread (another slang term for it), because bread is the staff of life. More...

staff - From Germanic stabaz, "stick"; its sense as "employees" is probably an allusion to the carrying of a staff of office by a person in charge. More...

miter, mitre, crosier - The tall, pointy hat of a bishop or abbot is the miter/mitre—from Greek mitra, "headdress"; a crosier is a bishop's staff. More...

In the News

Humans didn't outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them.

By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of Homo neanderthalensis were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry and impressive cave ... More...
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