Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

lentigo

Definition:(noun) A small, flat, pigmented spot on the skin.
Synonyms:freckle
Usage: The dermatologist advised the patient to keep an eye on the large lentigo near her lip and to alert him if there was a change in its size or shape.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Exclamation Points with Onomatopoeias

When we use onomatopoeias (words that phonetically imitate particular sounds), we can use an exclamation point to emphasize the intensity of the sound. Where is the exclamation point placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Total Solar Eclipse of 1999

Often considered the most-viewed total solar eclipse in human history, the eclipse of August 11, 1999, was the first total eclipse visible from Europe in nearly a decade. The path of the moon's shadow began in the Atlantic Ocean just before noon and traversed England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Serbia before reaching maximum coverage in Romania and continuing across Bulgaria, the Black Sea, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, and India. What spacecraft also observed the moon's shadow? More...
This Day in History

Brazilian Runner Attacked by Spectator during Olympic Marathon (2004)

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Vanderlei de Lima was on track to become the first Brazilian to win an Olympic gold medal in the marathon, leading the pack in the last miles of the race, when he was pushed into the crowd by a spectator named Cornelius Horan, a defrocked Irish priest. De Lima lost about 10 seconds in the incident and finished third. Brazil appealed for de Lima to be awarded a gold medal but was denied. What other sporting event had Horan previously disrupted? More...
Today's Birthday

Vivien Theodore Thomas (1910)

When the Great Depression hit, Thomas was forced to set aside his dreams of becoming a doctor and instead found work as a laboratory assistant to American surgeon Alfred Blalock. He spent the next 34 years working with Blalock and was instrumental in developing a pioneering surgical treatment for tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart malformation. Despite his groundbreaking work, he went unrecognized for many years due to racial prejudices. What honorary degree was conferred upon him in 1976? More...
Quotation of the Day
Having learned the trick of beating and loving and suffering, the poor faithful heart persisted, although it lived on memories and carried on its sentimental operations mostly in secret.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

be put in (one's) place

To be humbled or have one's dignity lowered (by someone); to be made aware that one is not as important, respected, influential, etc., as one thinks. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (2018)

St. John the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod because he had denounced Herod's marriage to Herodias, the wife of his half-brother Philip. Herodias' daughter by a former marriage, by legend called Salome, pleased Herod so much with her dancing that he swore to give her whatever she wanted. At her mother's urging she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter. The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist has been celebrated by Christians since the fourth century. The observance started at Sebaste (Samaria), where the Baptist was believed to have been buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pan

casserole - Came from casse, "pan" or "ladle," which probably comes from Greek kuathos, "serving cup"; casserole is a diminutive of casse, "spoonlike container" (cassette is also a diminutive of casse). More...

paella - The rice dish is Spanish for "frying pan," from Latin patella, "little pan." More...

pan, brain pan - The upper part of the skull has been called the pan or brain pan. More...

wok - Derives from a Cantonese word meaning "pan." More...

In the News

Lifelike Dolls Fail To Reduce Teenage Pregnancy Rates, Study Says

Pregnancy prevention programs, which use baby-simulating dolls to put teenagers off parenthood, actually have been found to have the reverse effect, according to a study published Thursday in medical journal, The Lancet. Over 1,000 girls aged between 13 to ... More...
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