Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

pendent

Definition:(adjective) Hanging down; projecting.
Synonyms:dangling, overhanging, suspended
Usage: An examination of the cave revealed nothing but hundreds of sleeping bats pendent from the ceiling.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjects and Predicates

Sentences must always include both a subject and a predicate. The subject is the noun (a person, place, or thing) that performs, controls, or is responsible for the action of a verb. What is the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Cicadas

A cicada is an insect with a stout body, a wide, blunt head, protruding eyes, and two pairs of membranous wings. Male cicadas have platelike membranes on the thorax, which they vibrate like drum heads, producing a loud, shrill sound. The Magicicada species have the longest known life cycles of any insect--17 years. They live only one week as winged adults, however, spending the rest of the time in the form of larvae, burrowed underground. To what are their long life cycles an adaptation? More...
This Day in History

Susanna M. Salter, First Female US Mayor, Elected (1887)

After attending Kansas State Agricultural College, Salter moved with her husband to the town of Argonia, Kansas, and became the first woman to have a baby there. Following the city's incorporation in 1885, her father was elected to be its first mayor. Two years later, while serving as an officer in the local Women's Christian Temperance Union and caring for her family, she was placed on the ballot as a mayoral candidate and became the first female mayor elected in the US. How long was her term? More...
Today's Birthday

Bettina von Arnim (1785)

A German writer, von Arnim also spent time as a composer, singer, visual artist, patron of young talent, and social activist. However, she is perhaps best known for the company she kept. She formed friendships with Goethe and Beethoven, among other artists of the day, and tried to foster an artistic union between them. Many leading composers of the time, such as Franz Liszt, admired her for her spirit and her talents. On what currency was von Arnim's likeness once featured? More...
Quotation of the Day
Very few of us are what we seem.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

busy little beaver

A very busy, assiduous, or hardworking person. Taken from the phrase "busy as a beaver," referring to beavers' reputation for being extremely industrious. More...
Today's Holiday

Senegal Independence Day (2019)

For many years, Senegal was controlled by various European powers, and France gradually began gaining control over the area in the 17th century. On April 4, 1960, Senegal won its independence from France. Today, April 4 is a national holiday celebrated all over the country, but festivities are particularly grand in the capital city of Dakar. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physician

allopathy, allopath, allopathist - Another word for conventional medical treatment is allopathy; an allopath or allopathist is a physician. More...

pediatrician - Comes from Greek pais/paidos, "child," and iatros, "physician." More...

armamentarium - The equipment of a medical institution or physician. More...

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