Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

maudlin

Definition:(adjective) Effusively or tearfully sentimental.
Synonyms:bathetic, mawkish, schmaltzy, mushy
Usage: When the farewells were in danger of becoming maudlin, he judged that it was time to leave.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Semi-Modal Auxiliary Verbs

Semi-modal auxiliary verbs, often simply called semi-modal verbs, are verbs that sometimes behave like modal auxiliary verbs. What four verbs are widely considered the standard set of semi-modal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist's left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name "ragtime"? More...
This Day in History

The Rum Rebellion (1808)

The Rum Rebellion of 1808 was the only successful armed takeover of government in the history of Australia. It began when New South Wales governor William Bligh was deposed by George Johnston, commander of the New South Wales Corps. The coup was a retaliation against attempts by successive governors to curb the power of the Corps and interfere with its lucrative rum trade—which gave the rebellion its name. The coup was the second time Bligh had been the victim of a rebellion. What was the first? More...
Today's Birthday

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman (1892)

Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female pilot of African-American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an international pilot license. After attaining her license in France, Coleman continued to train extensively and earned a living as a stunt pilot in air shows, earning the nickname "Queen Bess." She died in an aviation accident in 1926, but her legacy inspired countless aviators. What led to the accident that resulted in Coleman's death? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

vertically challenged

Short; not tall in stature. (Pseudo-politically correct slang used for humorous effect.) More...
Today's Holiday

Australia Day (2019)

The anniversary of the first British settlement in Australia on January 26, 1788, was formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day. Captain Arthur Phillip and his company of British convicts arrived first at Botany Bay, and when that proved to be unsuitable they moved on to Port Jackson, where the city of Sydney was eventually established. First officially celebrated in 1818, Australia Day has been a public holiday since 1838. It used to be observed on either January 26 or the nearest Monday, but since 1994 it has been observed on January 26 with celebrations all over the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: heard

phoneme - A word for a hallucination in which voices are heard. More...

pig's whisper - A loud whisper, meant to be heard. More...

noises off - Sounds created offstage to be heard during a play's production; the term has been extended to mean distracting or intrusive background noise. More...

pink noise - Random white noise that has been adjusted so there is equal energy per octave and an equal amount of each signal can be heard. More...

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