Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 26, 2018)
Word of the Day

repletion

Definition:(noun) The state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more.
Synonyms:satiation, satiety
Usage: Then Tarzan and Sheeta feasted to repletion.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Exclamation Point

An exclamation point or exclamation mark ( ! ) is a punctuation mark commonly used to express strong, intense emotions in declarations. What else can it be used to add emphasis to? More...
Article of the Day

Dura-Europos: The Pompeii of the Desert

Dura-Europos was an ancient town on the Euphrates River in what is now Syria. Originally a Babylonian town, it was captured by the Romans in 165 BCE. Destroyed by the Sasanian dynasty in 256, it was abandoned, covered by sand and mud, and disappeared from sight for nearly 1,700 years until it was rediscovered in 1920. Its ruins give an unusually detailed picture of everyday life there and have provided finds including armor, paintings, and the world's oldest preserved version of what? More...
This Day in History

Jack Kevorkian Convicted of Second-Degree Murder (1999)

By 1998, Dr. Jack Kevorkian had been prosecuted numerous times—without being convicted—for the deaths of terminally ill patients whose suicides he had admittedly assisted. However, after the TV program 60 Minutes aired a videotape of him administering a lethal injection to a man who was too physically debilitated to commit suicide on his own, Kevorkian was charged with murder. He chose to defend himself in court and was convicted. He was paroled eight years later under what conditions? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford (1753)

A scientist and inventor, Thompson was perhaps the first person to recognize heat as a form of motion, at a time when many believed it to be a substance. He invented various heat-related items, including a double boiler, a drip coffeepot, thermal underwear, and a more efficient fireplace. After he was denied a commission in the Continental Army, Thompson spied for the British in the American Revolution. When he had to flee the country, what particularly notable thing did he leave behind? More...
Quotation of the Day
It were not best that we should all think alike; it is difference of opinion that makes horse races.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

catch (the) headlines

To be featured on the headlines of news articles, as due to being particularly important, popular, fashionable, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Seward's Day (2018)

When William Henry Seward, Secretary of State for President Andrew Johnson, signed the treaty authorizing the purchase of Alaska from Czarist Russia for $7 million on March 30, 1867, most Americans thought he was crazy. But public opinion quickly changed when gold was discovered in the region, and its natural gas, coal, and oil reserves, in addition to its seafood and lumber industries, have proved to be far more valuable than its gold. Unfortunately, Seward did not live to see his foresight commemorated as a legal holiday in the state of Alaska. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: navel

omphalos - From the Greek word meaning "navel"—for the round stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi supposed to mark the center of the earth—it describes the center, heart, or hub of a place, organization, or sphere of activity. More...

omphaloskepsis - Contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation. More...

navel, umbilicus, belly button, omphalodium - The navel is also the umbilicus, belly button, or omphalodium; navel and umbilicus share the same Indo-European root. More...

umbilical - From Latin umbilicus, "navel." More...

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