Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 18, 2014)
Word of the Day

chastise

Definition:(verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms:castigate, chasten, objurgate, correct
Usage: She chastised him for his insensitive remarks about her weight until he was the one crying.
Article of the Day

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew is one of William Shakespeare's earlier comedies. Its central plot involves the marriage of the violently tempered Katherina to Petruchio, who claims he can tame her wild ways. The comedy has inspired, among other things, a Broadway Musical, a number of Hollywood movies, and a 2000 Brazilian soap opera. How have some modern critics responded to the play's seemingly misogynistic tones? More...
This Day in History

Peace of Riga between Poland and Soviet Union (1921)

When Poland declared its independence in 1918 in the aftermath of WWI, its borders—like many at that time—were not formally determined. By 1920, war had broken out over conflicting expansionist attempts between Soviet Russia and Poland, which wanted its 1772 border restored. The Peace of Riga treaty split contested land between Poland and the Soviets, setting the border and effectively halting Russian expansion into Europe. Where were Poles left on the wrong side of the border sent in the 1930s? More...
Today's Birthday

John Hoyer Updike (1932)

Updike was a prolific American author whose novels and stories usually deal with the tensions and frustrations of middle-class life. Published between 1961 and 1990, his four famous "Rabbit" novels follow an ordinary American man through the latter decades of the 20th century. Updike is one of the few authors to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction more than once. He was also a respected literary critic who championed young authors and espoused what five rules for literary criticism? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human life consists in mutual service.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

in the event that

If it should happen or be the case that. More...
Today's Holiday

Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic (2017)

This golfing challenge, played on a six-hole course with bright orange golf balls, takes place on the frozen Bering Sea off Nome, Alaska, at a time when the winds can be gale-strength. Par is 41, but winners have claimed scores as low as 23. Entry fees benefit the Lions Club. The tournament, not a wholly serious affair, coincides with the final days of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race that starts about the first of March and ends in Nome about two weeks later. More...
In the News

Controversial Crimea Referendum Draws Sanctions

Despite opposition from Kiev and the West, Crimea moved forward with a referendum in which voters overwhelmingly backed seceding from Ukraine and joining Russia. Given the buildup of Russian troops in the region and the hurried nature of the referendum, many question the legitimacy of the vote. Nevertheless, Crimean officials—whose authority is also contested—lost little time in formally applying to join Russia. The US and EU responses were swift, though not as far-reaching as some had hoped; sanctions were imposed on a number of individuals in Russia and Crimea who pushed for or helped carry out the referendum. More...
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