Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

populate

Definition:(verb) Inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of.
Synonyms:inhabit, live, dwell
Usage: Millions of as yet undiscovered creatures populate the ocean depths.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Phrases

Grammatical phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. What is an appositive phrase? More...
Article of the Day

The Barber Pole

During medieval times, barbers also functioned as doctors and dentists, performing surgeries, bloodlettings, and tooth extractions. The original barber's pole had brass basins at the top and bottom, representing the vessel that held the leeches used in bloodletting procedures and the one that received the blood. The pole itself represents the staff patients gripped to encourage blood flow, while its red and white stripes symbolize bandages. What does the blue stripe on US barber poles represent? More...
This Day in History

NASA Announces Discovery of Ice Deposits on Mars (2002)

Launched in April 2001, the Mars Odyssey spacecraft was sent by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to look for evidence of water on Mars. A little over a year later, NASA announced that water had been detected there in the form of ice, suggesting the possibility of microbial life on the Red Planet. The Phoenix lander confirmed the presence of water in 2008. The presence of what element led NASA researchers to conclude that there was indeed water on Mars? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807)

Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More...
Quotation of the Day
To speak practically and as a citizen, unlike those who call themselves no-government men, I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

have (one's) head read

To have one's logic or sanity examined or reevaluated, usually regarding some ridiculous decision, plan, or idea. A reference to a pyschiatric evaluation, the phrase is usually used prescriptively. More...
Today's Holiday

Oberammergau Passion Play (2020)

The Oberammergau Passion Play has been held since the 17th century in the small woodcarving village of Oberammergau, Germany, in the Bavarian Alps. The play, depicting the story of Christ's suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection, is presented in six hours by a cast of about 2,000. All performers are villagers, and the 600 with speaking parts are required to have been born in Oberammergau. Legend says that the play was first performed in 1634 in fulfillment of a vow to God that they would reenact the Passion if he would spare the villagers from the plague. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rib

costa - A rib or riblike structure. More...

coast - First meant "side of the body," from Latin costa, "flank, rib, side." More...

cutlet - Not based on "cut," but rather on Latin costa, "rib," which later became French costelette, "little rib piece." More...

reef - From Old Norse rif, "rib." More...

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