Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

vestige

Definition:(noun) A visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists or appears no more.
Synonyms:tincture, trace, shadow
Usage: He was so deadly pale—which had not been the case when they went in together—that no vestige of color was to be seen in his face.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Period

The period (also known as a full stop, especially in British English) is a punctuation mark ( . ) primarily used to indicate the end of a sentence. It appears as a single dot on the bottom line of the text, and it comes immediately after what in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a digestive disorder in which gluten—a protein found in wheat and other flours—generates an inflammatory response in the small intestine, damaging tissue and impairing nutrient absorption. A lifelong gluten-free diet is the only effective way to relieve symptoms, which include diarrhea, weight loss, and depression. Though it was observed as early as 200 CE, celiac disease's link to wheat remained undiscovered until 1950. What natural event may have contributed to the discovery? More...
This Day in History

SWAT Team Retrieves Elián González from Relatives in Miami (2000)

In late 1999, 5-year-old Elián González and his mother left Cuba on a boat with a dozen other people seeking asylum in the US. Elián's mother and several others died during the voyage, and Elián was found on an inner tube by fishermen off the coast of Florida. He was released into the custody of his uncle in Miami, but his father in Cuba pressed for his return. The custody dispute ended in an armed raid on the Miami house, and Elián returned to Cuba with his father. What has he said since? More...
Today's Birthday

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909)

A dual citizen of Italy and the US, Levi-Montalcini did her most important work with American biochemist Stanley Cohen. Studying mouse tumors implanted in chicken embryos, the pair isolated a nerve-growth factor in 1952, the first of many cell-growth factors found in animals. For this discovery, they were awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. In 2001, she was made a "senator for life" in the Italian senate. In what unusual place did Levi-Montalcini build her first laboratory? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

a motor mouth

A person who talks incessantly or irrepressibly. More...
Today's Holiday

Earth Day (2018)

The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970, to draw public attention to the need for cleaning up the earth's air and water and for conserving our natural resources. Earth Day is now observed regularly throughout the United States and in many other countries. Typical ways of celebrating Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside trash, and conducting various programs for recycling and conservation. Schoolchildren may be asked to use only recyclable containers for their snacks and lunches, and families often try to give up wasteful habits. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: roast

rule the roost - Was first "rule the roast," as it referred to the master of the house who sat at the head of the table. More...

steak - Seems to be related to Old Norse steikja, "roast on a spit," and stikna, "be roasted." More...

dry roast - To roast without oils. More...

rotisserie - First meant a restaurant or shop specializing in roasted or barbecued meat. More...

In the News

A New Exoplanet May Be Most Promising Yet in Search for Life

A prime planet listing has just appeared on the cosmic real estate market, possibly the most promising place yet to search for signs of life beyond the solar system, the astronomers who discovered it say. It is a rocky orb about one and a half times the size of ... More...
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