Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

stoop

Definition:(verb) Debase oneself morally, act in an undignified, unworthy, or dishonorable way.
Synonyms:condescend, lower oneself
Usage: The neighborhood bully constantly shouts insults at the children, but they refuse to stoop to his level and instead choose to ignore his rude remarks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Plural Possession with Apostrophes

If there is more than one person, place, or thing that possesses something else, then the rules for showing possession change slightly. Because an "-s" is usually added to a word to make it plural, the "-s" that follows the apostrophe is dropped. What marks possession in this case? More...
Article of the Day

The Cluttered Lives of the Collyer Brothers

American brothers Homer and Langley Collyer lived as hermits in their New York City home before being found dead in 1947, surrounded by more than 100 tons of rubbish amassed over several decades. Their uncontrolled collecting is often cited as a prime example of the hoarding behavior associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Among the clutter were 14 pianos, pickled human organs, and the chassis of an old car, with booby-traps set up to protect against intruders. How did the men die? More...
This Day in History

Final Public Execution in the US (1936)

In 1936, convicted rapist Rainey Bethea was sentenced to be hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky, at a time when such hangings were conducted publicly. Because the county sheriff supervising the execution was a woman, the case sparked national press coverage, and up to 20,000 spectators gathered to watch the event, the last of its kind in the US. Two years later, the Kentucky legislature officially put an end to public executions. How did newspaper reports depict the hanging? More...
Today's Birthday

Pope Pius VII (1742)

Pius VII became pope in 1800, at a time of turmoil for the Catholic Church. A decade earlier, during the early stages of the French Revolution, the National Assembly tried to subordinate the Church to the state. In 1801, Pius and Napoleon negotiated an end to the breach, but relations remained strained. In one notable incident, Napoleon took his crown from the pope's hands during a ceremony and crowned himself. What unusual headgear did Pius VII allegedly wear during his own coronation and why? More...
Quotation of the Day
I describe not men, but manners; not an individual, but a species.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

over the hills and far away

To or at some distant, remote point or location. More...
Today's Holiday

Torta dei Fieschi (2018)

When Count Fieschi of Lavagna in Genoa, Italy, was married in 1240, he invited his guests—and everyone else in town—to share a cake that was more than 30 feet high. The citizens of Lavagna haven't forgotten his generosity, and each year they celebrate the event on August 14. Dressed in costumes, they parade to the town square, where they pin to their clothes a piece of paper (blue for men, white for women) on which a word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of "Fieschi's cake." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trip

trip - A group of goats. More...

rustication - A trip to the country. More...

safari - From Swahili, from Arabic safar, "journey, trip." More...

supplant - Literally means "trip up," from Latin supplantare, "trip up, overthrow." More...

In the News

This Weird Moon of Saturn Has Some Essential Ingredients for Life

If you were going to cook up life on another world, Titan is the place to do it. Saturn's largest moon is rich with carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen — elements required by all living organisms on Earth. It has two types of wet ingredients — an ocean of ... More...
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