Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

gewgaw

Definition:(noun) Cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing.
Synonyms:fallal, gaud, trinket, bangle, bauble, novelty
Usage: "Trim off these gewgaws," said his father, plucking the scraps of ribbon and the feathers from his hat, "and over your own dress wear my cloak."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Starting Sentences with Subordinating Conjunctions

While it's a commonly quoted belief that a sentence should not begin with the word "because," this is not an actual grammatical rule. Sentences can begin with "because" (and any other subordinating conjunction) as long as the sentence is not what? More...
Article of the Day

The Kofun Period in Japan

Perhaps the oldest era in the recorded history of Japan, the Kofun period began in the 3rd century. Though Japanese tribal leaders remained in close economic and political contact with Korea during this period, they also increasingly consolidated their power. It was a critical stage in the evolution of a unified Japanese state. The introduction of Buddhism in 538 CE marked the start of a new and different era. The Kofun period is especially known for the building of what distinctive structures? More...
This Day in History

Shooter Opens Fire at Damageplan Concert, Killing Four (2004)

Not long after American heavy metal band Pantera disbanded and two of its founding members, brothers "Dimebag" Darrell and Vinnie Paul Abbott, formed the band Damageplan, the group released its debut album. Sadly, it would also be its last. During a concert in Columbus, Ohio, later that year, former US Marine Nathan Gale went on a shooting rampage, killing Darrell along with a fan, a roadie, and a security guard before being fatally shot by a police officer. Why did Gale do it? More...
Today's Birthday

Camille Claudel (1864)

A skilled French sculptor in her own right, Claudel is best remembered for being a student, collaborator, model, and mistress of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two had a tumultuous affair that began to crumble in the 1890s, and Claudel, who suffered from mental illness, became increasingly unstable and reclusive. She was committed in 1913 and remained institutionalized until her death 30 years later. Her work is highly valued by collectors, but little of it survives today. Why is this? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

mind (one's) manners

To be well behaved and act appropriately. More...
Today's Holiday

Day of the Beaches (2021)

In Uruguay, December 8 is known as the Day of the Beaches because it marks the official opening of the beach season on the coast known as the "Uruguayan Riviera." There are ceremonies in which a priest blesses the waters, sailing regattas, horseback riding competitions, and an international shooting contest at Carrasco. Sometimes this day is referred to as Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: medical term

brainstorm - By the 1890s, it was a medical term for "mental explosion". More...

canities - The medical term for the graying or whitening of hair. More...

repercussion - First a medical term for "repressing an infection." More...

tension - Originally a medical term for the condition of being physically strained. More...

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