Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

yardmaster

Definition:(noun) A railroad employer who is in charge of a railway yard.
Synonyms:train dispatcher, trainmaster
Usage: Observing that the yardmaster had his back turned, the vagabonds leaped into one of the boxcars.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. We also often include durations of time to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. Can you identify the future perfect in the following sentence? "This June, I will have lived in New York for four years." More...
Article of the Day

Vacuum Energy

The composition of vacuum energy, an underlying background energy that exists in space even when that space is devoid of matter, remains one of physics' great unsolved mysteries. The phenomenon results in the existence of most, if not all, of the fundamental forces, such as gravity and electromagnetism, and many experts suspect that it affects the behavior of the universe on a cosmological scale. What 1948 experiment provided the first experimental verification of the existence of vacuum energy? More...
This Day in History

Pope Urban VII Dies Just 13 Days into Papacy (1590)

Urban VII was chosen to succeed Sixtus V as pope on September 15, 1590. His death from malaria 13 days later made his the shortest papal reign in history. His very short time as pope nevertheless gave rise to the world's first known public smoking ban when he threatened to excommunicate anyone who "took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe, or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose." Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Grazia Deledda (1871)

Influenced by the verismo—"realism"—school, Nobel Prize-winning Italian novelist Grazia Deledda wrote her first stories while just a teen and was still having her works published after her death. Her work is lyric and in part naturalistic and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. In her approximately 40 novels, the ancient ways of her native Sardinia often come into conflict with modern mores. What are her most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
I don't like compliments, and I don't see why a man should think he is pleasing a woman enormously when he says to her a whole heap of things that he doesn't mean.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

party crasher

One who attends a party without having been invited. More...
Today's Holiday

Sts. Cosmas and Damian Day (Brazil) (2018)

Legend has Cosmas and Damian as twin brothers from Syria who were brought up in the Christian faith and who devoted their lives to medicine. As doctors they refused payment for their services, instead asking those who benefited from their healing to believe in Christ. In Brazil, the feast of Cosmas and Damian is celebrated on September 27 and it is traditional to give candy to children, since the saints are patrons of children. Yoruban mythology, which lives on through African Brazilians, tells of another set of holy twins, who are often associated with Cosmas and Damian. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nails

hyponychial dirt - After an archaeology dig, you will have hyponychial dirt (under the nails). More...

gadzooks - An abridgment of God's hooks, "nails of the cross." More...

quick - Any tender or sensitive flesh, as under the nails, around a sore or wound, or under a hoof. More...

exungulate - To trim one's nails. More...

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