Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

tangential

Definition:(adjective) Only superficially relevant; divergent.
Synonyms:digressive
Usage: His tangential anecdotes added much-needed humor to the talk, though some found the digressions tiresome.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Interjections

An interjection is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. Capable of standing alone, interjections are grammatically unrelated to any other part of a sentence. What are interjections also known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Antonine Plague

Lasting from 165 to 180 CE, the Antonine Plague was a pandemic, either of smallpox or measles, brought to the Roman Empire by troops returning from campaigns in the Near East. The epidemic killed off entire towns and claimed the lives of two Roman emperors—Lucius Verus and his co-regent Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whose family name was given to the plague. It resurged again nine years later and had drastic social and political effects throughout the empire. What was its estimated death toll? More...
This Day in History

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Victory Day (2017)

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punctuation

em dash, en dash - The em dash is the long dash used in punctuation whose length is based on the width of the letter M; the en dash is shorter (the width of an N) and the hyphen is even shorter. More...

punctual - From Latin punctum, "point," it can mean "pertaining to punctuation," or "of or relating to a point in space." More...

square brackets, parentheses, braces - Square brackets were formerly called crotchets, round brackets are commonly called parentheses, and curly brackets are called braces; the punctuation called brackets derives from the bookshelf type, implying that, in writing, these marks "lift up" a section of a sentence. More...

stigmeology - The art of punctuation. More...

In the News

Vaderlimulus: Prehistoric Crab That Looks Just Like Darth Vader Discovered in Idaho

As if horseshoe crabs weren't weird enough, scientists just discovered one that looks like Darth Vader. A 245-million-year-old fossil shows a strange invertebrate with a head the shape of the letter D and a long tail. The scientists who discovered the ... More...
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