Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 30, 2012)
Word of the Day

pricey

Definition:(adjective) Expensive.
Synonyms:costly, dear
Usage: Vincent's menu may be a little pricey, but the food is simply spectacular.
Article of the Day

False Friends

False friends are words that look or sound the same in different languages but have different meanings. Unlike false cognates, which are completely unrelated, false friends may have a shared origin. For example, gift has a far more sinister German meaning—poison—than it does in English, though both languages derive the word from the same Germanic root. How might a new Spanish speaker worsen her situation by mistakenly using the word embarazada to indicate that she is embarrassed? More...
This Day in History

Botswana Gains Independence from Britain (1966)

The 1867 discovery of gold in Botswana excited interest from several European powers. In 1885, the British created the Bechuanaland Protectorate there as a defense against the Boers. Although this spawned no nationalist movement, Britain granted it internal self-government in 1965 and full independence as Botswana the next year. Seretse Khama became its first president. Botswana's economy has developed rapidly since independence. Why is a member of the main tribe of Botswana called a Motswana? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques Necker (1732)

French financier and statesman Jacques Necker retired in the early 1780s. Returning to Paris in 1787, Necker was soon exiled from the city for engaging in public controversy over financial policy. In 1788, Louis XVI recalled Necker as director-general of finances and minister of state. Supporting reforms, he was acclaimed by the populace. When his enemies at court again secured his dismissal in 1789, the populace stormed the Bastille on July 14. What happened to Necker? More...
Quotation of the Day
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

let (someone) loose (on something)

To allow someone to do something as they please, without supervision or control. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Hunters' Moon (2017)

October was traditionally the time when the voyageurs, or traders, came to Fort Ouiatenon (in what is now Lafayette, Indiana) to trade their goods, gossip with the local French settlers, and generally relax and enjoy themselves before setting out on their next journey. The Feast of the Hunter's Moon, which was first held in 1968, begins with the arrival of the voyageurs by canoe on the Wabash River. Events include Indian chants, French folk songs, demonstrations of traditional crafts, and the cooking of typical French and Indian foods over an open fire. More...
In the News

Viral Zit Zapper Could Be Coming

Acne, the scourge of young adulthood, may soon go the way of the dodo—at least, that is what those plagued with pimples hope will be the case now that scientists have discovered a group of viruses that targets and kills bacteria that cause acne. Current antibiotics used to treat acne cannot target specific types of bacteria and therefore have the unintended consequence of killing "good" bacteria, like the types that live in our gut, as well as the acne-causing strain. The viruses, however, are naturally occurring and attack only specific bacteria, in this case, Propionibacterium acnes, a bacterium common in acne pustules. More...
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