Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

oppress

Definition:(verb) Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority.
Synonyms:crush, suppress
Usage: If you are a tyrant by nature, the temptation is strong, I allow; but no generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish.
Article of the Day

"Shibboleth"

An easy way to get a sense of whether or not someone is a musical insider is to have him say the word "timbre." This is because musicians generally pronounce the first syllable of that word differently than non-musicians. "Timbre" is therefore a shibboleth—a word whose pronunciation can be used to distinguish between groups. The word has its origins in the Bible, which recounts the killing of 42,000 fugitive soldiers identified by their pronunciation of "shibboleth." How did they say it? More...
This Day in History

The Fall of Saigon (1975)

On April 30, 1975, Saigon, the largest city in Vietnam and the capital of South Vietnam, was captured by the National Liberation Front and the People's Army of Vietnam. The event marked the end of the Vietnam War (1955-1975) and the reunification of Vietnam under communist rule. The city lost its status as the country's capital and was renamed after what Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader and late president of North Vietnam? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugen Bleuler (1857)

Bleuler was a Swiss psychiatrist who in 1908 introduced the term "schizophrenia." While studying schizophrenic patients, Bleuler concluded that the disease was not one of dementia, a condition involving organic deterioration of the brain, but one consisting of a state of mind in which contradictory tendencies exist together. He argued, against the prevailing opinion, that such patients were not incurable. "Schizophrenia" replaced what term for the disease? More...
Quotation of the Day
Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

Don't call us, we'll call you.

cliché Do not be in further contact with us regarding your application/submission/inquiry/etc., we will contact you if we wish to proceed further (generally meaning that no such contact is to be expected). More...
Today's Holiday

May Day Eve (Czech Republic) (2016)

According to an old Czech superstition, witches try to enter people's homes on the eve of May Day and do them harm. The "Burning of the Witches" ceremony is observed in some parts of the country by building bonfires on the mountain tops. In Postupice, a town in the Bohemian region, a Maypole and Burning of the Witches Festival is held April 30-May 1 every year. The young men put up a maypole in the village square on the afternoon of April 30. The next day the burning of the witches takes place, when the villagers throw their broomsticks into the bonfire and burn the witches in effigy. More...
In the News

Death Toll Rises with Second Day of Tornadoes in US

At least 34 people have been killed in the southern and midwestern US in two consecutive days of ferocious tornado outbreaks. Twisters cut through at least half a dozen states, flattening homes and businesses in their paths. The storm outbreak began on Sunday, on the three-year anniversary of a historic US tornado outbreak that claimed more than 250 lives in Alabama. Those affected have begun sifting through the wreckage, but they must remain vigilant, as the severe weather is expected to last through Wednesday and could bring with it more deadly twisters. More...
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