Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

abiogenesis

Definition:(noun) The supposed development of living organisms from nonliving matter.
Synonyms:spontaneous generation, autogenesis, autogeny
Usage: Early notions of abiogenesis, now considered incorrect, held that living organisms generate from decaying organic substances, like maggots from meat.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Possessive Determiners vs. Possessive Personal Pronouns

Possessive determiners are often confused with possessive personal pronouns ("mine," "yours," "his," "hers," "its," "ours," "theirs") since some of the forms overlap. How do possessive pronouns differ from possessive determiners? More...
Article of the Day

Hypertrichosis

Hypertrichosis, commonly known as “Werewolf syndrome,” is an extremely rare condition that results in the excess growth of body hair. The syndrome can be generalized across the body or localized to a specific area and ranges from mild to severe. Hypertrichosis is believed to result from genetic factors and is rarely found in its severe form. Those who are strongly affected often display excessive, animal-like hair on the face and body. What is the cure for congenital hypertrichosis? More...
This Day in History

The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors. According to one of the many legends about the disaster, Shovell reached the shore alive, only to be murdered by a woman who stole what priceless object from him? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Lessing (1919)

Lessing is a British writer and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Iran, she moved with her family to a farm in what was Southern Rhodesia in 1924 and lived there until 1949, when she settled in England and began her writing career. Her work often addresses social and political themes, particularly the place of women in society. The Golden Notebook, her most widely read novel, is considered a feminist classic, although Lessing herself has said what about feminists? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one's dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank, and independent.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

don't go there

Don't get into that topic of conversation; I don't want to talk about that. Used humorously, the phrase usually implies that the speaker has a potentially scandalous, sensitive, or otherwise complicated association with the topic. More...
Today's Holiday

Jidai Matsuri (2015)

Jidai Matsuri is one of the three great festivals of Kyoto, Japan, commemorating the founding of the city as capital in the year 794. A procession of more than 2,000 costumed people depict the epochs or ages in Kyoto's history. They parade from the Imperial Palace to the Heian Shrine, which was built in the 18th century as a dedication to the emperors who established Kyoto as the capital. The capital was moved in 1868 to Tokyo, and the festival stems from that time. Among the paraders is one representing Gen. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a patron of the arts under whom Kyoto flourished. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

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