Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 30, 2019)
Word of the Day

ameliorate

Definition:(verb) To make better.
Synonyms:improve, amend
Usage: I sought to improve her manners and ameliorate her general tone.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. They frequently point to verb phrases. Where can focusing adverbs be placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Armillary Sphere

Used as early as the third century BCE, armillary spheres are astronomical models of the celestial sphere—an imaginary sphere surrounding the Earth, upon which the celestial bodies seem to lie. Fixed and movable rings representing circles of the celestial sphere, such as the ecliptic and the celestial equator, allow astronomers to use armillary spheres to determine the movements and positions of stars. A representation of this device is prominently featured on what country's national flag? More...
This Day in History

Dominican Republic Dictator Rafael Trujillo Is Assassinated (1961)

Trujillo was a military strongman who seized control of the Dominican Republic in 1930 and ruled it as a dictator for the next 30 years. He renamed the capital after himself and forced all citizens to join his political party. He brutally suppressed dissent and ordered the infamous 1937 Parsley Massacre, in which up to 30,000 Haitians living near the Dominican border were murdered. In 1961, Trujillo was ambushed and shot to death by seven men. Why was the 1937 massacre named after a garden herb? More...
Today's Birthday

Mel Blanc (1908)

One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, Blanc began his career in radio. In 1933, he began to work for a daily radio program, for which he created several voices. In 1937, he joined the cartoon department of Warner Brothers. During his 50-year career, he supplied voices in more than 3,000 animated cartoons for hundreds of characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker. Which Looney Tunes character is said to sound closest Blanc's natural voice? More...
Quotation of the Day
The right time is any time that one is still so lucky as to have.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

have (someone) coming and going

To put someone in an insescapable position or situation; to leave someone with no viable options or solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Kallemooi (2020)

Observed in the North Coast Islands of the Netherlands, the custom known as Kallemooi represents the fishermen's welcome to spring. A tall pole with a transverse arm near the top is erected in the center of the village. A live cock is suspended in a basket from the apex of the crosspiece. It is decorated at the top with the Dutch flag, a green branch, and a placard bearing the word "Kallemooi." For three days and three nights before Pentecost, or Whitsunday, people feast, make merry, and play Whitsun games. After the fun is over, the rooster is released and returned to its owner. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wrinkle

rugose - Means marked by rugae, or wrinkles, from Latin ruga, "wrinkle." More...

scrump, scrumple - Scrump is something withered or shriveled or dried up, and a scrumple is a wrinkle or crease. More...

crunkle - To crinkle, rumple, or wrinkle. More...

frounce - To wrinkle or fold. More...

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