Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

coruscate

Definition:(verb) Be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity.
Synonyms:sparkle, scintillate
Usage: The flutist's music coruscated throughout the concert hall.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mitigators and Intensifiers

Adverbial phrases are commonly formed when an adverb's intensity is being modified by another adverb. These modifying adverbs are known as "mitigators" and "intensifiers." How do mitigators and intensifiers each function in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Astro Boy

Created in the early 1950s by Osamu Tezuka—a Japanese artist revered by fans as the "God of Manga"—Astro Boy was an influential and successful comic book series. In 1963, it was adapted into a television program considered to have been one of the first expressions of the style now known as anime. The series follows the adventures of a powerful robot that was designed to resemble a real boy. What iconic American animator did Tezuka meet at the New York World’s Fair in 1964? More...
This Day in History

Ellen Turner Abducted in Forced Marriage Ploy (1826)

At just 15 years of age, Ellen Turner, the eligible daughter of a wealthy English mill owner, caught the attention of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. Following his wife's death, he hatched a plan to kidnap and marry Turner, thereby gaining access to her sizeable inheritance. After convincing the mistresses at Turner's boarding school that her father had sent for her, Wakefield abducted the young girl and married her. Turner's family, however, soon had him arrested. What became of Wakefield? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Magnani (1908)

An illegitimate child abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in a Roman slum, Magnani overcame incredible odds to become an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress. She began her performing career singing bawdy street songs in the nightclubs of Rome, but before long she was starring on the stage and screen, earning recognition for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of earthy, lower-class women. A believer in the supernatural, Magnani claimed to have what power? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

rags-to-riches

adjective (used before a noun) Characterized by a rise from poverty to great or exceptional wealth. More...
Today's Holiday

Burbank Day (2022)

The birthday of naturalist and plant breeder Luther Burbank (1849-1926) is observed in California in much the same way Arbor Day is observed in other states—that is, with activities promoting the value of natural resources and the protection of trees and birds. Burbank moved from his native Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, California, in 1875 and spent the rest of his life there experimenting with new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. On March 7, a birthday and Arbor Day celebration is held at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: roads

carfax, carrefour - A carfax or carrefour is a place where (usually four) roads or streets meet, from French carrefurcs, from Latin quadrifurcus, "four forks." More...

multivious - Having many paths or roads. More...

invious - Describes something that is pathless or without roads. More...

jiggle-bars, rumble strips - The rough spots intentionally created on the sides of roads to alert drivers are jiggle-bars or rumble strips. More...

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