Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 29, 2016)
Word of the Day

piddling

Definition:(adjective) So trifling or trivial as to be beneath one's consideration.
Synonyms:trivial, petty, fiddling, footling, niggling, picayune, piffling, lilliputian, little
Usage: Because she had only invested a piddling sum of money, she was not worried about the stock's poor performance.
Article of the Day

Kenning

Often seen in Norse, Anglo-Saxon, and Celtic literature, a kenning is a poetic phrase used in the place of a name or noun. Kennings can be complex phrases or simple two-word expressions joined to convey a meaning neither word possesses alone. A knowledge of mythology is often vital to the understanding and interpretation of these phrases. "Sail-road," "bath-way," and "whale-way" are all Old English kennings that reference the sea. What is "the flesh of the mother of the enemy of the giantess"? More...
This Day in History

Black Tuesday (1929)

In the 1920s, the US stock market expanded rapidly and reached a peak in August 1929, when prices began to decline while speculation increased. On October 24, "Black Thursday," a record 12,894,650 shares were traded. Banks and investment companies bought large blocks of stock to stem the panic, but on October 29, "Black Tuesday," 16 million shares were traded and prices collapsed. Why do some scholars contend that the stock market crash was not the cause of the Great Depression? More...
Today's Birthday

Fanny Brice (1891)

Brice was an American comedian and singer who built her act on parody and physical humor. A perennial Ziegfeld Follies star after 1910, she attained international fame with her signature torch-song parody, "My Man." Appearing in vaudeville, musicals, dramas, movies, and radio throughout her career, Brice demonstrated that a woman could succeed in entertainment without exploiting her sexuality or making a fool of herself or other women. What Broadway musical was based on her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have nothing to do

To have no tasks or actions that one must complete or undertake; to have nothing with which to occupy one's time. More...
Today's Holiday

World Creole Music Festival (2016)

Creole music, language, and culture are sources of national pride for the island nation of Dominica, as they are for peoples throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and other regions where Creoles have settled. The World Creole Music Festival is a three-day event showcasing this distinctive music and culture, held in Dominica's capital city, Roseau, as well as other cities on the island. The festival has brought attention to a diverse set of musical genres that are directly or indirectly associated with Creole music, including cadence-lypso, zouk, soukous, bouyon, and zydeco. More...
In the News

Going to Space Is a Real Pain in the Back

A six-month stay on the International Space Station can be a pain in the back for astronauts. While they may gain up to 2 inches in height temporarily, that effect is accompanied by a weakening of the muscles supporting the spine, according to a new study. Astronauts ... More...
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