Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 11, 2015)
Word of the Day

emporium

Definition:(noun) A large retail store or place of business.
Synonyms:department store
Usage: The furniture emporium was packed with couches, but Sarah couldn't find a single one she liked.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives of Opinion

Adjectives of opinion always come first before any other factual descriptions of the noun. There are two types of opinion adjectives. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Rhinoplasty, an Ancient Art?

Commonly called a "nose job," rhinoplasty is surgery performed to improve either the function or appearance of a person's nose. Sushruta, an Indian physician, developed rhinoplasty around 500 BCE. It was a necessary procedure at the time, because nose amputation was used as a punishment for certain crimes. Some of the techniques Sushruta developed are still in use today. In 1887, the first intranasal rhinoplasty was performed in the West. In modern rhinoplasty, what does the acronym SIMON mean? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

Pierre de Ronsard (1524)

Now considered one of the greatest French poets, Ronsard first served as a page and a squire and seemed destined for a career at court both in France and abroad. However, an illness left him partially deaf, and he turned to scholarship and literature. Named poet royal, the "prince of poets" wrote a great number of poems on many themes, especially patriotism, love, and death. He led a group of poets who cultivated the sonnet form and took the name of what earlier group of poets and tragedians? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nobody has any conscience about adding to the improbabilities of a marvelous tale.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Idiom of the Day

call it even

To acknowledge or consider a situation or exchange as being equal or equitable, as regarding debt, status, ability, a contest, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

National Bilby Day (2016)

Bilbies are nocturnal marsupials in Australia. The animal is not well known compared to the other iconic animals of Australia, a fact that conservationists hope to rectify by raising awareness on National Bilby Day. The event takes place in Charleville, west of Brisbane, where the bilbies are part of a captive breeding program. On Bilby Day, booths sell bilby stuffed animals and offer face-painting and bilby ears to dress children up like the beloved critters. Wildlife experts are on hand to give talks on the current status of bilbies and other endangered species. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: insult

insult - In medicine and science, it can mean "trauma, something that disturbs normal functions." More...

political correctness - Can be an insult, accusation, joke, or the name of an effort to change a society by means of wide-ranging but often small-scale cultural reform. More...

outrage - The true etymology of outrage has nothing to do with out or rage—rather, it is a borrowing from French outrage, "insult, outrage," based on Latin ultra, "beyond," and -agium, a noun suffix; outrage first meant "lack of moderation." More...

umbrage - From Latin umbra, "shadow," in English it originally meant "shade, shadow," then shadowy suspicion, and then displeasure or resentment at a slight or insult. More...

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