Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

reimburse

Definition:(verb) To pay back or compensate (another party) for money spent or losses incurred.
Synonyms:refund, repay, remunerate
Usage: As long as my siblings are willing to reimburse me for my expenses, I am happy to go into town on my day off and buy all of the snacks and decorations for the family reunion.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense vs. Aspect

The past tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the past simple, the past continuous (or past progressive), the past perfect, and the past perfect continuous. The tense tells us when the action takes place in relation to time (in this case, the past). What does the added aspect tell us? More...
Article of the Day

The Congress of Vienna

The Congress of Vienna was one of the most important international conferences in European history. Ambassadors from all of the major European powers attended the congress, whose main purpose was to redraw the continent's political map following the defeat of Napoleonic France. The French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars had swept away Europe's entire structure, and determining new borders was a complex process. What controversial diplomat wrote his Harvard doctoral dissertation on this congress? More...
This Day in History

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of "A Wild Hare," in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse. "A Wild Hare" was nominated for an Oscar the same year that another cartoon introduced what pair of cartoon rivals? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853)

Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, "Makar's Dream," describes a dying peasant's dream—of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

be a huckleberry above a persimmon

dated To be better than average among similar things. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

AirVenture (2020)

Begun in 1953, the AirVenture has grown to become one of the largest conventions of any kind in the world. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the annual event draws together enthusiasts, designers, and a host of individuals, companies, and government agencies involved in the aviation and aeronautics industries. Some 10,000 aircraft of all kinds are on display at the convention. In the afternoon, there is a three-hour air show; in the evening, live entertainment performances feature NASA astronauts, test pilots, and leading aviation personalities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hue

value, chroma, hue - A color's value is its brightness, its chroma is its strength, and its hue is its position in the spectrum. More...

tone - A color variation with more variations than a shade—having to do with the value of a hue or its chroma. More...

Munsell - A.H. Munsell was a U.S. painter (1858-1918) who developed a color classification system for chroma, hue, and value. More...

pure color - A color or hue that is unmixed with other hues. More...

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