Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

cordate

Definition:(adjective) Having a heart-shaped outline.
Synonyms:heart-shaped, cordiform
Usage: When a cordate leaf fell from the tree, she considered it a sign that she would soon find love.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Ellipsis

An ellipsis is a series of three consecutive periods known as "ellipsis points" ( . . . ). What is the ellipsis used to indicate? More...
Article of the Day

The Death of Marat

The Death of Marat, painted by Jacques-Louis David, depicts the 1793 assassination of radical journalist and revolutionary activist Jean-Paul Marat and is one of the most famous images of the French Revolution. Marat was stabbed while writing in his bathtub, and his murderer's name is written on the paper he holds in the painting. David's representation of this scene is reminiscent of depictions of Christian martyrs in religious works. What is the political significance of this imagery? More...
This Day in History

Bruno Hauptmann Arrested for Murder of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. (1934)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh was kidnapped in 1932. Although a ransom of $50,000 for his release was paid, the child's body was found murdered. Two years later, Hauptmann was found with part of the ransom. In a sensational trial, he was convicted of murder. Hauptmann maintained his innocence to the last, and although temporarily reprieved, he was executed in 1936. Why do some doubt his guilt? More...
Today's Birthday

"Mama" Cass Elliot (1941)

Elliot was an American singer and member of the vocal group The Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, she had a successful solo career, releasing several studio albums. In 1974, after a series of performances at the London Palladium, Elliot was found dead in an apartment loaned to her by singer Harry Nilsson—the same apartment where drummer Keith Moon died four years later. Although Elliot died from a heart attack, an often repeated urban myth states that she died by choking on what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's good fun.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

now (that) you mention it

An expression used when one remembers or realizes something because of what the other person has just said. More...
Today's Holiday

Appleseed Festival (2015)

A legend in his own time, John Chapman—better known as "Johnny Appleseed"—was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774. It was supposedly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that he died in 1845, and Chapman has been commemorated there since 1974 with a two-day fall festival at Johnny Appleseed Park. The festival includes traditional music and entertainment, demonstrations of pioneer arts and crafts, and discussions with "The Living Lincoln," who talks with visitors about the social issues of the period in history he shared with Johnny Appleseed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sponge

loofah - Not a sponge but a dried tropical fruit used as a sponge. More...

sponge bath - An all-over washing of the body with a sponge or washcloth instead of taking a bath or shower. More...

bibulous - First meant "absorbent, like a sponge," and later figuratively meant "addicted to alcohol." More...

sponge - From Latin spongia, and Greek sphoggos, "water growth." More...

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