Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

syncope

Definition:(noun) A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon.
Synonyms:deliquium, faint, swoon
Usage: She was an enormous flirt, laughing at all the men's jokes and even feigning syncope to garner their concern.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Clauses

An adverbial clause, or adverb clause, is a group of words behaving as an adverb. What is used to connect an adverbial clause to the main clause in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Honor Among Thieves: The Pirate Code

In the second half of the 17th century, buccaneers began operating under a set of rules that eventually became known as Articles of Agreement, or the Pirate's Code. While the rules generally varied from one captain to another, most contained provisions for discipline, specifications for each crewmate's share of treasure, and rules regarding compensation for injury. According to records of the code, what was the punishment for striking another man while in the service of Captain John Phillips? More...
This Day in History

Euro Disney Resort, Now Disneyland Paris, Opens (1992)

Disneyland Paris is a resort complex located in the suburbs of Paris, France. Opened in 1992 as Euro Disney Resort, it features two theme parks, an entertainment district, and seven hotels. Initially, park attendance, hotel occupancy, and revenues fell below projections, but things began to turn around in 1995, with Euro Disney S.C.A. reporting its first quarterly profit. Today, the resort is one of Europe's leading tourist destinations. What were some of the objections to building this resort? More...
Today's Birthday

Antoine Laurent de Jussieu (1748)

A member of the French de Jussieu family of distinguished botanists, Antoine Laurent de Jussieu categorized plants into families and developed a system of plant classification. He elaborated on the system of classification of his uncle, Bernard de Jussieu, in Genera plantarum, a work which influenced later systems of classification. He was professor at the Museum of Natural History, Paris, and organized its botanical collection. What other members of the de Jussieu family were botanists? More...
Quotation of the Day
We are very fond of some families because they can be traced beyond the Conquest, whereas indeed the farther back, the worse, as being the nearer allied to a race of robbers and thieves.

Daniel Defoe (1660-1731)

Idiom of the Day

catch big air

To jump into the air, especially in a vehicle or on sports equipment (e.g., a snowboard, skis, skateboard, bike, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Redemption Day (2019)

On April 12, 1980, 13 soldiers stormed Liberia's executive mansion, killing William R. Tolbert and 26 other government leaders. The soldiers were led by Samuel Kanyon Doe, who immediately set up a military regime called the People's Redemption Council. He also declared April 12 National Redemption Day. His rule, however, was not the welcome change that many anticipated, and for Doe's opponents, National Redemption Day was a time to memorialize the many individuals who were killed in 1980. Today, many Liberians observe the anniversary by remembering the slain. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: starts

ptarmic - Describing a substance that starts a sneezing bout. More...

early adopter - A person who starts using a technology or product as soon as it becomes available. More...

prolepsis - Anticipation before something starts is prolepsis. More...

start from scratch - Comes from giving handicaps to some competitors in racing; a contestant who starts from scratch (a line scratched in the turf or gravel) is the one who has no special advantage. More...

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