Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

valiant

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing valor.
Synonyms:valorous
Usage: The hostages made a valiant attempt to overtake their captors and paid dearly for their bravery.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Quotation Marks and Titles

We use italics or occasionally underlining to indicate the title of a complete body of creative work (such as a novel, music album, play, or film). In what instances do we use quotation marks to indicate a title? More...
Article of the Day

The Gratuitous Umlaut

An umlaut is a diacritical mark consisting of two dots placed over a letter to alter pronunciation. However, the so-called "heavy metal umlaut" is used in the names of bands, such as Mötley Crüe and Motörhead, not to change pronunciation, but to evoke the stereotypes of boldness and strength commonly attributed to peoples whose languages incorporate such marks. It has since been widely parodied, including in the mockumentary This Is Spin¨al Tap. Which band first used a gratuitous umlaut? More...
This Day in History

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)

A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother's death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? More...
Today's Birthday

Anne of Austria, Queen of France (1601)

Neglected by her husband, French King Louis XIII, Anne of Austria stirred up controversy with flirtatious indiscretions. After her seemingly treasonous correspondence with Spain, her husband's principal minister, Cardinal Richelieu, attempted to limit her influence. When Louis died, Anne was declared sole regent of their son, Louis XIV—contrary to her husband's wishes—and strove to ensure his absolute power. What did she do that was hailed at the time as "a marvel when it was least expected"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

rip-snorting mad

Extremely angry and agitated; infuriated. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiwanis Kids' Day (2018)

Kiwanis International first came up with the idea of setting aside a day to focus on children and their welfare in 1949. On the fourth Saturday in September, local Kiwanis clubs sponsor activities designed to show the community's appreciation of and pride in its children. The program for the day varies from one club to the next, but some of the more popular activities include parades, picnics and field days, talent shows, and youth recognition banquets. The idea is to show youngsters that they are an important part of the community and that the community wants them to be good citizens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: solid

cholesterol - Comes from Greek words meaning "bile, gall" and "stiff, solid," plus the ending "-ol." More...

hydrogenated oil - An oil with trans-fatty acids that has been chemically changed from a room-temperature liquid state into a solid. More...

sublimate - In chemistry, to change from a solid to a gas or from a gas to a solid without becoming a liquid. More...

solder, solid - To solder something is etymologically to make it solid; solid comes from Latin solidus, "solid, whole." More...

In the News

Caring for severely ill animals causes same stress as caring for humans, study shows

Caregivers of pets with chronic and terminal diseases can suffer the same mental and physical stress as individuals caring for their ill loved ones, according to a study. Mary Beth Spitznagel, a clinical neuropsychologist and associate professor in Kent ... More...
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