Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

verruca

Definition:(noun) A firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus.
Synonyms:wart
Usage: When he developed a verruca on the bottom of his foot, walking became extremely painful.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ellipses

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as ellipsis points ( . . . ) used to indicate where words have been omitted from quoted text. When are brackets placed around ellipses? More...
Article of the Day

Fluxus

Fluxus, "to flow" in Latin, is an international group of artists noted for blending various artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. Considered an attitude rather than a movement or style, Fluxus encourages a do-it-yourself aesthetic and values simplicity. Fluxus developed out of many of the concepts explored by composer John Cage, who focused on the notion of chance in art through works such as 4'33"—a "composition" performed without a single note being played. What are Fluxus boxes? More...
This Day in History

The Running of the First Chicago Marathon (1977)

The largest marathon in the world at that time, the first running of the Mayor Daley Marathon—now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon—drew 4,200 participants. Since then it has grown both in size and prestige. The race is now capped at 45,000 runners and is considered one of the world's most renowned marathons. The 30th anniversary running of the race was unique in several respects. For one thing, it featured a special CEO challenge, and for another, it was halted after just 3 ½ hours. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi (1799)

After Napoleon took control of Spain, Venezuelans seized the chance to revolt against Spanish rule. In 1811, Venezuela declared independence, but an earthquake in 1812 destroyed cities held by the rebels and furthered the cause of the royalists. In 1815, a pregnant Arismendi was captured—one day before her 17th birthday—by Spanish forces hoping to exert pressure on her husband, General Juan Bautista Arismendi, but she refused to renounce the revolution while imprisoned. What happened to her? More...
Quotation of the Day
I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

roll (one's) eyes

To turn one's eyes upward or around in a circle, usually as an expression of exasperation, annoyance, impatience, or disdain. More...
Today's Holiday

Hispanic Heritage Month (2018)

Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States from September 15 until October 15. Issued as a presidential proclamation each year, the activities that take place during the month, particularly in cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latinos have made the United States a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latino musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latinos who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: simpleton

dodo - Comes from Portuguese doudo, "fool, simpleton," from the bird's awkward appearance. More...

doodle - Originally a noun meaning "fool, simpleton," from German dudeltopf, it came to mean absent-minded scribbling. More...

gullible - A derivative of archaic gull, "dupe" or "simpleton." More...

half-wit - Originally was "a would-be wit whose abilities are mediocre"; the sense of "simpleton" (one lacking all his wits) is attested to 1755. More...

In the News

Smoking Can Cause Permanent Damage to DNA

Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says. Reviewing results from blood samples taken from nearly 16,000 people ... More...
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