Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 12, 2012)
Word of the Day

anastrophe

Definition:(noun) The reversal of the normal order of words.
Synonyms:inversion
Usage: Anastrophe, when used correctly, can give writing an impact that traditional sentence structures cannot always achieve.
Article of the Day

Samuel Morland

For about a decade following the 1649 execution of King Charles I, England had no monarch. Morland became disillusioned with the government of the Commonwealth, which ruled for part of that period, and became a double agent working to restore the crown. His espionage work allowed him to enter the service of the king after the Restoration. He was also an avid inventor who created one of the earliest internal combustion engines. It was not for use in transportation, but was used to move what? More...
This Day in History

Night of the Murdered Poets (1952)

In one of the instances of violent anti-Semitism during Joseph Stalin's regime, 15 Soviet Jews linked to the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee were falsely accused of espionage, treason, and other crimes. After their arrests, they were tortured and isolated for three years before being formally charged. In 1952, 13 of them were executed in Moscow on a night remembered as the "Night of the Murdered Poets," named after five of the prisoners, who were Yiddish writers. Who were these poets? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876)

Rinehart was a popular American author considered the inventor of the Had-I-But-Known school of mystery writing. Her immensely successful first novel, The Circular Staircase launched her career, and her books, which often blend mystery with humor and romance, have sold over 10 million copies. She was a war correspondent during WWI and wrote several books promoting women's contributions to the war effort. What popular phrase is said to have been inspired by her 1930 novel The Door? More...
Quotation of the Day
But reason has no power against feeling, and feeling older than history is no light matter.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

get the green light

To receive permission to proceed with some action or task. Likened to the green light of a traffic signal. More...
Today's Holiday

Abbotsford International Air Show

Widely recognized as Canada's national air show, this three-day event is an opportunity for the aviation industry to display the latest developments in civilian aircraft. Since the first show was held in 1962, it has included aerobatic performances by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force, the Snowbirds Jet Team and the US Air Force's Thunderbirds. There is also a large banquet featuring well-known personalities in the aviation and aerospace fields. The show is held at the airport in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and is regularly attended by upwards of 200,000 people. More...
In the News

License to Steal: Indian Minister OKs Embezzlement

A minister in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, is busy doing damage control after a video emerged showing him telling a group of local officials that it is acceptable for bureaucrats to steal as long as they work hard. He qualified the statement by saying that it is OK to steal "some" but not to "be a bandit." The video has, understandably, sparked a backlash in a country whose political system has long been plagued by corruption. The minister, Shivpal Singh Yadav, has since spoken out, claiming that his comments were taken out of context. More...
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