Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

polliwog

Definition:(noun) A larval frog or toad.
Synonyms:tadpole
Usage: The boy found it hard to believe that this tiny, legless polliwog would someday sprout limbs and hop away a fully formed frog.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Quotation Marks across Multiple Paragraphs

Quotation marks almost always travel as a pair, with a closing quotation mark required anytime an opening quotation mark is used. There is one specific exception to this rule, however, which occurs when quoted text spans multiple paragraphs. When this happens, we put an opening quotation mark at the beginning of each quoted paragraph. Where do we put the closing quotation mark? More...
Article of the Day

Seizure Response Dogs

When their epileptic handlers experience seizures, these response dogs come to the rescue by pulling away dangerous objects, attempting to rouse them if they lose consciousness, and even summoning aid by finding another person or activating a medical alert or pre-programmed phone. Because epilepsy is such a wide-ranging condition, each dog is trained for a specific individual's needs. Studies in which dogs were trained to anticipate their owners' impending seizures have shown what? More...
This Day in History

The Soweto Riots (1976)

In 1974, the South African government passed a decree making it mandatory for black schools to split instruction between English and Afrikaans—a language that many associated with the segregationist apartheid government. Two years later, at least 10,000 people—most of them young students—marched to Orlando Stadium in the city of Soweto to protest the change. Violence erupted when police began firing shots, and the resulting Soweto Riots continued for months. How many died during the riots? More...
Today's Birthday

John Howard Griffin (1920)

Griffin was an American author who darkened his white skin with medication and sunlamps in order to experience the racial segregation of the southern US. He described his experiences in his controversial 1961 book Black Like Me, which details his interactions with others—both white and black—and the problems he encountered while traveling and attempting to meet basic needs. It is often recounted that Griffin died from skin cancer resulting from his efforts to darken his skin. Is it true? More...
Quotation of the Day
If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory...The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak…We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

mess of pottage

Something of little, trivial, or no value but which appears to be attractive or valuable on first reckoning. An allusion to Esau in Genesis 25:29–32, who sells to Jacob his birthright to his family's estate for a bowl of lentil stew (pottage). More...
Today's Holiday

Election of the Mayor of Ock Street (2018)

During the 18th century, it was customary for the people of Abingdon to roast a black ox on St. Edmund of Abingdon's Feast Day (June 19). In 1700 an argument arose during the ox roast over who would get the horns, and a man named Hemmings took possession of the horns. The crowd hailed him as the "Mayor of Ock Street." Today, only people who live on Ock Street may vote for the mayor. The winner toasts his election by drinking from a special applewood chalice, and he is carried through the streets in a flower-decorated chair by the Abingdon Morris dancers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: similarity

eye rhyme - A similarity between words in spelling but not pronunciation—like dove and move. More...

icon - Originally a "simile" in rhetoric; its etymological idea is of "similarity," from Greek eikon, "likeness, similarity." More...

goose pimples - Named for their similarity to the skin of a plucked goose. More...

lens - From Latin for "lentil," because of the similarity in shape. More...

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