Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

incarcerate

Definition:(verb) Lock up or confine, in or as in a jail.
Synonyms:immure, imprison, jail, jug, put behind bars, remand, lag, put away
Usage: It can cost huge sums to incarcerate a prisoner for a year.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plurals

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s." What are some irregular plurals? More...
Article of the Day

The Scytale

Said to have been utilized in ancient Greek military campaigns, the scytale is a cryptographic tool used in the creation and deciphering of transposition ciphers. It consists of a cylindrical rod around which a strip of paper or leather is wound. Because the message is written upon the wound strip, it appears as an illegible jumble of letters to anyone who does not bear a scytale of the appropriate diameter. Why do some question the veracity of Plutarch's early description of the scytale? More...
This Day in History

Vatican Abolishes Index Librorum Prohibitorum (1966)

Compiled by official Roman Catholic censors, Index Librorum Prohibitorum—"List of Prohibited Books"—was a catalog of works considered dangerous to the faith or morals of Catholics. The Index was never a complete catalog of forbidden reading; rather, it contained only works that the ecclesiastical authority was asked to act on. The first catalog of banned books to be called an index was published in 1559. Its publication ceased in 1966. What were some of the works listed over the years? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Landsteiner (1868)

Landsteiner was an Austrian-born American medical researcher who was awarded the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the four basic human blood groups—A, B, O, and AB—which enabled the first successful blood transfusion to be performed in 1907. He was also involved in the discovery of the polio virus, and, in 1940, he helped identify what human blood protein, named after a monkey and capable of producing intense antigenic reactions in certain transfusion recipients? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man said to the universe: "Sir, I exist!" "However," replied the universe, "That fact has not created in me a sense of obligation."

Stephen Crane (1871-1900)

Idiom of the Day

I'll be hanged if I (do something)

I am determined not to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Medora Musical (2019)

Every night from mid-June through Labor Day in Medora, North Dakota, there is a musical extravaganza known as the Medora Musical—a patriotic song-and-dance salute to Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt and his Rough Riders. The musical is performed in a natural amphitheater featuring an outdoor escalator to get people to their seats. The colorful buttes and ravines of the Badlands form a dramatic backdrop for the Broadway-class variety show. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shocking

church key - Started out as slang for bottle opener in the early 1950s and was considered mildly shocking, even sacrilegious. More...

flagrant, blatant - Flagrant implies shocking and reprehensible, while blatant is obvious, contrived, and usually obnoxious; flagrant is a stronger term than blatant. More...

forbysen, bysen - Forbysen is an "example or parable"; bysen is a "shocking thing." More...

tingle - From Middle English, possibly a variant of tinkle, its original meaning was "response to a loud noise" and "response to hearing something shocking." More...

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