Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 26, 2013)
Word of the Day

egregious

Definition:(adjective) Conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible.
Synonyms:flagrant, glaring, crying, rank, gross
Usage: His account of that night was full of egregious lies, and I was astonished that anyone could believe his testimony.
Article of the Day

Poets Laureate

Poets laureate are officially appointed by governments, often for the purpose of composing poems for events of national importance or raising awareness of literary arts. The term "laureate" comes from the Greek tradition of bestowing a laurel wreath upon heroes. Many countries have poets laureate, but the role originated in England, where Ben Jonson was most likely the first poet laureate in 1617. The post did not become a regular institution until 1670 with the appointment of what famous poet? More...
This Day in History

Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" Is Published (1948)

Published by the The New Yorker the same month it was written, Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" instantly became one of the most controversial stories ever run by the esteemed magazine. Hundreds of outraged readers cancelled their subscriptions or wrote letters expressing their confusion and anger over the story's meaning. Now considered a classic, the chilling story matter-of-factly describes an annual lottery in a bucolic American town in which one person is selected for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Abner Doubleday (1819)

Doubleday was a US Army officer who distinguished himself in the American Civil War. He fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter and saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He also served in the Mexican and Seminole Wars. He retired from the army in 1873 and wrote many articles, including two accounts of his war experiences, drawing on his 67 volumes of diaries. For years, accounts persisted that he invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. Did he? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

incumbent (up)on (someone)

Imposed or expected as an obligation, duty, or requirement on someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Madagascar Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates Madagascar's independence from France on this day in 1960. Republic Day is another public holiday in Madagascar, held on December 30, the day the new constitution went into effect. The country became a republic in 1975. More...
In the News

Virtual Interactions Prepare the Socially Anxious for the Real Thing

People who suffer from social anxiety tend to avoid social situations for fear of being scrutinized by others and negatively judged. To help patients overcome this problem, researchers devised a virtual experience in which a participant's image is inserted, in real time, into a previously recorded social scene. The participant is then able to practice social interaction and, at the same time, observe himself or herself on screen as it is taking place. A small trial of the technology found that participants were able to take greater social risks following the experiment. More...
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