Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

palpitation

Definition:(noun) A trembling or shaking.
Synonyms:shakiness, trembling, quiver, vibration
Usage: Cornelius put his hand on his heart, to repress as it were its violent palpitation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Imperative Sentences

We use imperative sentences to give orders, commands, and general instructions. Such sentences are said to be in the Imperative Mood. What happens to the subject in an imperative sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Chekhov's Gun

Chekhov's gun is a literary technique in which a seemingly insignificant element is introduced early in a story and later becomes crucial to the plot. It is named for famed Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov, who felt strongly that any object introduced in a story must be used, or it should not be featured in the first place. The technique has remained popular and is widely used in modern literature, film, and television. What popular fantasy novels frequently feature this plot device? More...
This Day in History

Real Madrid Football Club Founded (1902)

One of the richest and most valuable sports franchises in the world, the Real Madrid Football Club is also one of the most successful, having won dozens of championships over the course of its storied history. In 1953, club president Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, a former player, embarked on the strategy of signing world-class players from abroad, not only from Spain—a trend that has continued to fuel the club's success and worldwide popularity. Who owns and operates Real Madrid? More...
Today's Birthday

Sarah Caldwell (1924)

Caldwell was a violin prodigy from an early age. In 1957, she founded what would become the Opera Company of Boston. Notorious for her ability to avert financial crises and meet last-minute deadlines while overseeing every detail of production, she made the company one of the most distinguished and innovative in the US. With the growing success of her company, she began to appear as a guest conductor of major orchestras. In 1976, Caldwell became the first woman to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wit is the sudden marriage of ideas which before their union were not perceived to have any relation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

make advances at (someone)

To approach someone in a flirtatious, amorous, or sexual manner; to try or begin to seduce someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Town Meeting Day (2018)

An official state holiday in Vermont, this is the day on which nearly every town elects its officers, approves budgets, and deals with other civic issues in a daylong public meeting of the voters. It more or less coincides with the anniversary of Vermont's admission to the Union on March 4, 1791. Vermonters pride themselves on their active participation in these meetings, which often include heated debates on issues of local importance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

In the News

This New Artificial Skin Can Glow, Stretch – and Walk

Most electronics can't handle pressure, and even wearable tech does not respond well when stretched to 500 percent of its original size. A new, cell phone-sized artificial skin developed at Cornell University, however, not only stretches under pressure, but also ... More...
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