Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

witless

Definition:(adjective) Lacking intelligence or wit; foolish.
Synonyms:nitwitted, soft-witted, senseless
Usage: He was a witless soul who never learned from his mistakes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Objectives

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They are sometimes referred to as "adverbial objectives" because they hold a position normally occupied by a verb's direct object, yet they act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial objective in the following sentence? "This wine is aged 25 years." More...
Article of the Day

Piazza San Marco

St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is Venice's principal plaza. Originating in the 9th c as a small area in front of St. Mark's Basilica, the Piazza was enlarged to its present shape and size in 1177. As Venice's central gathering place, it is extremely popular with tourists, pigeons, and photographers. The Piazza is surrounded by a number of historic structures, including the Doge's Palace, Procuraties, and Biblioteca Marciana. What was the purpose of the paved pattern on the Piazza floor? More...
This Day in History

Pro Football Hall of Fame Opens in Canton, Ohio (1963)

Although professional American football was played as early as 1895, it was not until 1920 that national organization began, with the formation of the American Professional Football Association in Canton, Ohio. In 1922, the association was renamed the National Football League (NFL). Originally the home of the former professional team known as the Canton Bulldogs, Canton was later selected as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Which NFL team has had the most hall of famers? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Mary Robertson "Grandma" Moses (1860)

A farm worker for most of her life, Moses turned to painting only after arthritis had forced her to give up embroidery. Her paintings were first displayed in a drugstore when she was 78, but her exhibitions soon became so popular that they broke attendance records around the world. Moses painted simple scenes of farm life and produced thousands of them despite her late start. Her works now hang in some of America's most prestigious museums and galleries. Who "discovered" her paintings? More...
Quotation of the Day
People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

carry (someone) off their feet

To completely overwhelm someone with enthusiasm, ardor, or passion. More...
Today's Holiday

Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus (2018)

The Pafos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus is held each year at the medieval Castle Square in Pafos, Cyprus. Cyprus is an island nation whose cultural heritage dates back more than 9,000 years, taking in Greek temples, Roman art, and artifacts from numerous other periods. The festival was established by various organizations in the Pafos district in the hope of establishing and promoting the locality as a center of high-profile cultural events. Each year, the performance is subtitled in English and Greek. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: magic

aeaeae - Meaning "magic," it is derived from aealae artes, "magic arts." More...

elicit - Comes from a Latin stem meaning "draw forth by magic or trickery." More...

glamour - First meant "magic, enchantment" or "art of contriving magic spells." More...

magic - Named for the magi, who were regarded as magicians. More...

In the News

Is There a Planet X, a "Massive Perturber," Hidden beyond Pluto?

If you've been following our coverage of the New Horizons mission, you know that the NASA probe had a spectacular fly-by of Pluto on July 14 and, if the agency approves the funding, will scrutinize a “cold, classical" Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's ... More...
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