Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

cinematographer

Definition:(noun) A photographer who operates a movie camera.
Synonyms:cameraman
Usage: The cinematographer won an award for his lush landscape shots, which captured the mood of the film.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reported Speech (Indirect Speech)

When we tell other people what someone else told us, it is called indirect speech or reported speech. We use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. What are the most common reporting verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla gardening is a form of activism in which groups take over abandoned plots of land that they do not own in order to grow crops or plants. The earliest recorded use of the term was in 1973, when the Green Guerilla group transformed a derelict private lot in New York's Bowery district into a garden. That garden is still being cared for by volunteers and is now protected by the city's parks department. What American folk hero do some consider an early practitioner of guerrilla gardening? More...
This Day in History

Song Dynasty General Yue Fei Is Executed (1142)

One of China's greatest generals and patriotic heroes, Yue helped establish a southern foothold for the Song dynasty while preventing the advance of the Juchen, who had taken the former Song capital in the north. However, his attempt to recapture the lost territory was opposed by one of the emperor's counselors, who earned a reputation as a traitor for relinquishing the north to the Juchen and having Yue executed. According to legend, what phrase did Yue's mother tattoo across his back? More...
Today's Birthday

Soong Ch'ing-ling (1893)

Born to an influential Chinese family, Soong was educated in the US. She returned to China, became prominent in revolutionary politics, and married Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary 26 years her senior now known as the father of modern China. She and her sisters—along with their husbands, including Chiang Kai-shek—became some of the most significant political figures in the Communist government, with Soong becoming vice chair after Sun's death. What magazine, still in publication, did she found? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

look on the sunny side (of life/things)

To view one's life, situation, or circumstances with a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude; to focus on what is positive in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Gasparilla Pirate Festival (2018)

A 164-foot reproduction pirate ship sails up Florida's Tampa Bay, and about 500 costumed pirates lower themselves over the side and "capture" the city of Tampa, raising the pirate flag over city hall. Thus begins the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, one of the nation's largest and best-attended celebrations. The mock invasion is followed by a three-hour victory parade featuring members of a men's club known as Ye Mystic Krewe. The festival is named for José Gaspar, an 18th-century Spanish pirate who terrorized the Florida coast from around 1783 until his death in 1821. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notch

crenelation, crenelle - A crenelation (from Latin crena, "notch") is a series of indentations or loopholes around the top of a castle, battlement, or wall—with each indentation being a crenelle (or crenel). More...

carf, kerf - A cut or notch in timber is a carf or kerf—which are also used to describe the width of such a cut. More...

dent - As in "notch," it comes from the French word for tooth; its original meaning was "blow, stroke" in general. More...

score - First a notch used to keep count, as on a stick. More...

In the News

Fallout from an Ancient Asteroid Collision Still Rains on Earth

Extraterrestrial objects are constantly bombarding Earth; thankfully the vast majority are microscopic. Thanks to the planet's atmosphere, we live largely unaware of this celestial fusillade, which averages about 100 tons a day and mostly burns up long ... More...
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