Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

granger

Definition:(noun) A person who operates a farm.
Synonyms:sodbuster, farmer, husbandman
Usage: Their lands had been bought long ago, and the grangers moved to the city to find work as manual laborers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time. Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, what must be used for clarity? More...
Article of the Day

Mimesis

Mimesis is the imitation or representation of nature and human behavior in art. According to Plato, all artistic works are mere imitations of that which exists. Because the substantive reality perceived by man is only a reflection of a higher truth, art is thrice removed from the truth. Aristotle believed that this necessary distance between life and its representation allows a play's audience to empathize with its characters and achieve catharsis. What Romantic poet theorized about mimesis? More...
This Day in History

Crazy Horse's Last Stand: The Battle of Wolf Mountain (1877)

At the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, American Indian forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull soundly defeated US Lt. Col. George Custer in what would come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand." Six months later, Crazy Horse made a final stand of his own. At Wolf Mountain in Montana, he and his men engaged US Cavalry forces in harsh winter weather, despite being outnumbered, weak, and starving. Though he had been prepared to negotiate peace, something changed his mind—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Ransom Rogers (1902)

An influential American psychologist, Rogers is best known for having developed the technique of nondirective therapy, in which therapists refrain from offering advice or interpretation so as to allow clients to talk freely. By the 1960s, his method had been widely adopted, and Rogers became one of the best-known professionals in his field. His books include 1961's On Becoming a Person. According to Rogers, what are the characteristics of a fully functioning person living "the good life"? More...
Quotation of the Day
A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

lock (someone) up and throw away the key

To incarcerate someone in prison forever or indefinitely. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gudula's Day (2018)

St. Gudula (or Gudule) is the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium. According to legend, Satan was so envious of her piety and influence among the people that he often tried to extinguish her lantern as she returned from midnight mass. But as she prayed for help, an angel would re-light the candle. Her relics were moved to Brussels in 978. Since 1047 they have remained in the church of St. Michael, thereafter called the St. Michael and St. Gudula Cathedral . Her feast day is observed with great solemnity in Brussels, particularly at the cathedral that bears her name. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small room

aedicule - A small room or structure used as a shrine—or a niche for a statue. More...

cove - Comes from Old English cofa, "small room," from the Germanic root kubon, and came to mean "small hollow place in coastal rocks," and then "small bay." More...

cabinet - Originally meant a small room and came to apply to the group of politicians who met in the room. More...

conclave - Based on Latin con- and clavis, "key," as it was first an inner chamber or private room to which one would have needed a key, literally a "place that can be locked up," or a room or set of rooms that can be opened with only one key. More...

In the News

To Save an Elusive Porpoise from Extinction, the US Government Turns to Military Dolphins

Surprise raids on Mexican smuggling boats, international treaties, and outright fishing bans have done little to stop the steady decline of the vaquita, the world's smallest and possibly cutest porpoise. Now, in a last-ditch effort straight out of a ... More...
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