Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

ingenuous

Definition:(adjective) Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness.
Synonyms:artless
Usage: His ingenuous delight in it was a delight to her, and a new and mutual love-thrill was theirs—because of a flower.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Definite and Indefinite Articles

The definite article "the" is used to identify a specific person, place, or thing. What are the indefinite articles "a" and "an" used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Klezmer

Klezmer is a form of instrumental Jewish folk music that had its beginnings in the Middle Ages. Its name is a Yiddishized version of the Hebrew klei zemir, meaning "instruments of song," that until the mid-20th century referred to the musicians rather than the music. Largely based on cantorial singing and the folk music of Eastern Europe, klezmer has a distinctive sound that is reminiscent of the human voice. Itinerant musicians from what ethnic group influenced the genre's development? More...
This Day in History

Federal Emergency Declared at Love Canal in New York (1978)

In the 1940s and 50s, an abandoned canal in Niagara Falls, New York, became a dumping ground for chemical waste. It was later filled in, and after the land was given to the city of Niagara Falls by the chemical company, houses and an elementary school were built there. By the late 1970s, toxic chemicals had risen to the surface, and residents were found to have a high incidence of chromosome damage. A federal emergency was declared in 1978, and residents were evacuated. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Nolde (1867)

Nolde was a German painter and printmaker. Fervently religious, he often painted supernatural imagery, such as demonic heads and mystic appearances. Impressed by the art he saw on a 1913 expedition to the East Indies, he began to paint brooding landscapes and colorful flowers. As a printmaker, he was noted for his crudely cut, stark black-and-white woodcuts. Though he was an early advocate of the Nazi party, the party condemned his art and forbade him to paint. What did he do instead? More...
Quotation of the Day
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

keep mum

To remain silent; to not say anything (e.g., about a secret). More...
Today's Holiday

Zambia Farmers Day (2017)

Farmers Day celebrates the country of Zambia's agricultural sector, praises their efforts in providing crops to feed the country, and gives them a day to relax from their labors. Governmental officials normally give speeches outlining the advances in the harvest of crops, particularly maize. But average citizens enjoy a variety of sporting events that are held on the Farmers Day weekend, including soccer championships. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: jerk

flounce - Can mean a sudden fling or jerk of the body or a limb. More...

hike - As a walk, it evolved from its original meaning of "to jerk or pull" (oneself along). More...

jerk - As in jerked meat (e.g. beef jerky), it is from American Spanish and Quechua charqui, "dried flesh." More...

weight lifting, power lifting - Weight lifting is specifically the press, the clean and jerk, and the snatch; power lifting is the bench press, squat, and dead lift. More...

In the News

America's Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right

The most massive object in our Solar System is the Sun; the largest object in Earth's skies is the Moon. When the right celestial configuration occurs, the shadow cast by the Moon falls on the surface of the Earth, creating a total solar eclipse. During the ... More...
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