Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

haggle

Definition:(verb) To bargain, as over the price of something; dicker.
Synonyms:chaffer, higgle, huckster
Usage: He preferred to be overcharged than to haggle over such a trivial item.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound-Complex Sentences

Compound-complex sentences are made up of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. In a compound-complex sentence, how is the complex independent clause joined to the other independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is the intravenous administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. Chelating agents work by making chemical bonds with metal ions, resulting in a water-soluble complex that can enter the bloodstream and be harmlessly excreted. Introduced during World War I to treat soldiers exposed to poison gases, chelation therapy is now used to treat acute toxic metal poisoning. Some alternative medicine advocates claim it can also be used to treat what disorder? More...
This Day in History

Roman Emperor Nero Commits Suicide (68 CE)

Often remembered as a tyrant who played the fiddle while watching Rome burn, Nero was the fifth and last Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Though few surviving sources treat him favorably, some portray him as a competent emperor who was popular with the Roman people. In 68 CE, a military coup drove Nero into hiding, where he reportedly stabbed himself to avoid facing execution at the hands of the Roman Senate. Why do historians claim that the legend of Nero and his fiddle is false? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert McNamara (1916)

McNamara served as the US Secretary of Defense from 1961 to 1968. He took the post just months after being named president of the Ford Motor Company. As secretary, he shifted US military strategy away from heavy reliance on nuclear weaponry and strengthened conventional fighting capacity. He initially supported the escalation of the Vietnam War, but his growing doubts led him to eventually resign from the cabinet. He then became the president of what international organization? More...
Quotation of the Day
Marriage is a very good thing, but I think it's a mistake to make a habit of it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

thanks for nothing!

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Columba's Day (2022)

Along with St. Bridget and St. Patrick, St. Columba (c. 521-597) is a patron saint of Ireland. Although he led an exemplary life, traveling all over Ireland to set up churches, schools, and monasteries, he is chiefly remembered for his self-imposed exile to the island of Iona off the Scottish coast. He landed at Iona on the eve of Pentecost, and proceeded to found a monastery and school from which he and his disciples preached the gospel throughout Scotland. Although he had been forbidden to see his native country again, he returned several years later. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: males

alpha male - A domineering man; the dominant member in a group of males, especially animals. More...

kiva - In Native American Pueblo practices, an underground chamber used by the males for religious rites. More...

mixed voices - Voices of both males and females united in the same performance. More...

spanandry - Scarcity of males in a population. More...

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