Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 15, 2016)
Word of the Day

pressmark

Definition:(noun) A mark consisting of characters written on a book; used to indicate shelf location.
Synonyms:call number, call mark
Usage: Long days spent examining pressmarks had taken a toll on the librarian's eyes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. What two things does a subordinating conjunction do in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Trepanation

The practice of drilling a hole into the skull to expose the dura mater surrounding the brain is an ancient surgical procedure dating back to prehistoric times. It is the oldest surgical procedure for which evidence (in the form of human remains) has been discovered. Modern physicians continue to perform trepanations, though the medical rationale surrounding the surgery has since evolved. Which artist gained notoriety for performing a self-trepanation and then screening a film of the procedure? More...
This Day in History

US Supreme Court Declares Standard Oil an "Unreasonable" Monopoly (1911)

By 1880, through elimination of competitors, mergers, and railroad rebates, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil controlled the refining of up to 95 percent of all oil produced in the US. In 1892, the Ohio Supreme Court ordered the trust dissolved, but it continued to operate. Exposed in Ida Tarbell's History of the Standard Oil Company in 1904, it was broken up in 1911 after a lengthy antitrust suit by the US government. What current oil companies have ties to the former Standard Oil? More...
Today's Birthday

L. Frank Baum (1856)

Baum was an American author of more than 70 children's books who is best known for penning The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He moved from New York to South Dakota in 1888. When his newspaper there failed, he moved to Illinois and found work as a journalist. His first children's book, Mother Goose in Prose (1897), was followed by Father Goose: His Book, an immediate bestseller. In 2006, Baum's descendants apologized for editorials in which he called for the extermination of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a woman? I assure you, I do not know...I do not believe that anybody can know until she has expressed herself in all the arts and professions open to human skill.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

a bone to pick

An issue to discuss—typically one that is a source of annoyance for the speaker. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta de San Isidro (Metepec, Mexico) (2019)

Although indigenous fertility rites were outlawed when Mexico was conquered by the Spaniards and converted to Catholicism, a few pre-Hispanic festivities have survived—often overlaid with Christian meaning. One of these is the Festival of St. Isidore in Metepec, where farmers honor their patron saint around the time of his feast day, May 15. The men dress up as women and accompany their plows and oxen, which have been decorated with flowers, in a procession to the fields. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plate

assiette - A prepared dish of food, French for "plate, course of a meal." More...

dish, plate - Dish is a more general term and plate is more specialized. More...

plate - Etymologically, something "flat," from Latin plattus, "flat," and Greek platys, "broad." More...

placard - Comes from French plaquier, "to plate; lay flat." More...

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