Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

precede

Definition:(verb) Furnish with a preface or introduction.
Synonyms:preface, premise, introduce
Usage: She always precedes her lectures with a joke.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Particles

A particle is a word that does not have semantic meaning on its own, but instead relies on the word it is paired with to have meaning. What are the only two things that a particle is used to create? More...
Article of the Day

The Elvis Taxon

In paleontology, an Elvis taxon is an organism or group of organisms that has been misidentified as having re-emerged in the fossil record after a period of presumed extinction. Elvis taxa are not actually descendants of the original taxon, rather, they have simply developed a similar morphology through convergent evolution. Coined in 1993, the term is a reference to the many sightings of Elvis Presley after his death, as well as to his many impersonators. What is one example of an Elvis taxon? More...
This Day in History

Edgardo Mortara Kidnapped from Jewish Family after Secret Baptism (1858)

Mortara, the son of a Jewish couple living in the Papal States, was secretly baptized Catholic as an infant by a panicked servant during an infantile illness. The baptism was deemed valid by the Catholic Church and, because canon law forbade non-Christians from raising Christian children, Pope Pius IX ordered the six-year-old Mortara to be taken to Rome as his ward. Several countries objected to the pope's decision and called for the boy to be returned to his parents. What became of Mortara? More...
Today's Birthday

Wilma Glodean Rudolph (1940)

Rudolph was the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field in a single Olympic Games. She accomplished this despite having contracted numerous serious illnesses as a child, including polio, which damaged her leg and required her to wear a brace for some time. At the 1960 Games, she won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay. She finished the 100-meter dash in world-record time but was not credited with the record. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Amnesty, n.: The state's magnanimity to those offenders whom it would be too expensive to punish.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be thrilled to death

To be ecstatic; to be very pleased and excited. More...
Today's Holiday

Estonia Victory Day (2022)

This date commemorates the Battle of Vönnu in 1919, in which a joint force of Estonians and Latvians claimed a decisive victory and marked the end of 700 years of German control. Today, the president and other dignitaries attend the official Victory Day ceremonies in the capital city, Tallinn. The holiday transitions from the political to the traditional when the president orders citizens to take torches from the official bonfire held in honor of Victory Day to light the hundreds of bonfires in the country that initiate Midsummer and St. John's Eve celebrations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: herd

cutting horse - One trained to cut cattle out of a herd. More...

pointer, point man - A pointer or point man was first a cowboy riding at the front of a herd of cattle. More...

egregious - First meant "remarkably good" and "standing out or apart from the flock or herd; eminent"; its later derogatory sense is probably an ironical use. More...

herd - As a verb, it first meant "keep safe, shelter." More...

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