Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

docket

Definition:(noun) A list of things to be done.
Synonyms:agenda, schedule
Usage: Since everyone wanted to discuss healthcare, we put it on the docket for the next town meeting.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns

Nouns are words that indicate a person, place, or thing. In a sentence, nouns can function as the subject or the object of a verb or preposition. Nouns can also follow linking verbs to rename or re-identify the subject of a sentence or clause. These are known as what? More...
Article of the Day

The Evolutionary Arms Race

An evolutionary arms race is a struggle between interdependent organisms that evolve competing genetic adaptations with the back-and-forth escalation characteristic of an arms race. This competitive adaptation may occur between members of the same species or between different species, such as a predator and its prey, and it can be either symmetrical or asymmetrical, meaning competitors strive either for the same trait or to counter a trait in the other. What are some examples of this phenomenon? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude of Merania Killed by Discontented Hungarian Nobles (1213)

The first wife of Andrew II of Hungary, Gertrude played an active role in the political machinations of his early reign. She used her influence to advance her German relatives at court and gifted Hungarian lands to them, angering the Hungarian nobility and inciting them to action. While her husband was off on a military campaign, Gertrude was murdered by a group of discontented nobles. The unsavory affair served as the inspiration for what Hungarian composer's famous opera, Bánk bán? More...
Today's Birthday

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825)

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland—where slavery was still in place—Harper was raised by an abolitionist uncle and published her first volume of poetry when she 20 years old. In 1854, she gave her first anti-slavery lecture. Her second volume, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects, made her the best known African-American poet of the era. Her short story, "The Two Offers," was probably the first such published work by any African American. How old was she when she published her first novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

rolling in dough

Exceptionally wealthy; having large amounts of money to spend. More...
Today's Holiday

Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah) (2018)

Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, destroyed Jerusalem and the First Temple and carried away most of the Jews into slavery in 586 BCE. He left behind a few farmers and families under the supervision of a Jewish governor named Gedaliah ben Ahikam to administer affairs in the devastated land. A few traitors, who accused Gedaliah of collaborating with the enemy, murdered him and the small garrison of soldiers Nebuchadnezzar had stationed there. Many of the farmers fled to Egypt; the rest were either killed or taken to Babylon, bringing about Judah's final collapse. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ripe

immature - Comes from Latin words meaning "not ripe." More...

market-ripe - Describing fruits and vegetables picked before they are ripe. More...

mellow - Describing fruit that is soft, sweet, and juicy when ripe. More...

ripe - The bank of a river or a seashore. More...

In the News

Modern Technology Unlocks Secrets of a Damaged Biblical Scroll

Nearly half a century ago, archaeologists found a charred ancient scroll in the ark of a synagogue on the western shore of the Dead Sea.The lump of carbonized parchment could not be opened or read. Its curators did nothing but conserve it, hoping that new ... More...
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