Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 1, 2021)
Word of the Day

kingpin

Definition:(noun) The most important person in a group or undertaking.
Synonyms:bigwig, top banana
Usage: A years-long undercover operation finally yielded the evidence needed to bring down the country's most notorious drug kingpin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. What two things does the declension of nouns reflect? More...
Article of the Day

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman Scorned

When Prasutagus, king of a British Celtic tribe under Roman suzerainty, died in 60 CE with no male heir, he left his estate to his daughters and Emperor Nero, hoping for protection. Instead, Nero annexed his kingdom and mistreated his family and tribesmen. Rather than accept the new order of things, the king's widow, Boudicca, raised a rebellion. Her forces allegedly massacred some 70,000 Romans and pro-Roman Britons and destroyed the Roman 9th Legion before being defeated. How did Boudicca die? More...
This Day in History

Former Slave Isabella Baumfree Becomes Sojourner Truth (1843)

Born into slavery in New York, Baumfree had four different masters before escaping with her infant daughter in 1826, one year before the state abolished slavery. She traveled and championed abolition, changing her name in 1843. Her dictated memoirs were published as The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slave. In 1851, she delivered what is now known as the "Ain't I a Woman?" speech at the Women's Rights Convention. How did the first report of the speech differ from later accounts? More...
Today's Birthday

Dr. Henry Faulds (1843)

Faulds was a Scottish doctor and scientist who pioneered the study of fingerprints as forensic evidence. He first became interested in fingerprints after noticing the imprints left by craftsmen's fingertips in ancient pottery. Convinced that fingerprints could be a valuable investigative tool, Faulds unsuccessfully tried to convince Scotland Yard to employ his methods. His findings went largely unnoticed during his lifetime. How does Darwin's cousin factor into a controversy over Faulds's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

the L-bomb

An expression of romantic love for another, especially when said unexpectedly and/or for the first time. Usually used in the phrase "drop the L-bomb." More...
Today's Holiday

Gawai Dayak (2021)

Gawai Dayak is a rice harvest festival of the Dayak people of Sarawak, Malaysia, on the northern coast of Borneo. Some aspects of the celebrations have remained essentially the same for centuries. At midnight on the eve of Gawai Dayak, a house elder conducts the chief ritual: while sacrificing a white cock, he recites a poem to ask for guidance, blessings, and a long life. Other events include the selection of the most beautiful man and woman to be king and queen of the harvest, dancing, a feast of rice, eggs, and vegetables, and the serving of traditional tuak, rice wine. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrist

dolman sleeve - One that is much wider at the arm-hole than it is at the wrist, patterned on a Turkish robe. More...

rasceta, rascettes - The deep transverse creases across your wrist at the base of the palm are rasceta or rascettes. More...

carpus - In humans, it is the group of eight bones that form the wrist and part of the hand. More...

wrist - The wrist of the foot is the instep or ankle. More...

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