Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

penalize

Definition:(verb) Impose a penalty on; inflict punishment on.
Synonyms:punish
Usage: The students were penalized for their tardiness and had to stay after school for detention.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of manner are used to tell us how something happens or is done. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or clauses of a sentence. Adverbs of manner are very often formed from adjectives by simply adding what suffix? More...
Article of the Day

Kitsune

In ancient Japan, foxes and humans lived in close proximity, giving rise to many legends about the animals, known in Japanese as kitsune. A common subject of both traditional and modern Japanese folklore, the kitsune is depicted as an intelligent being possessing magical abilities that increase with age and wisdom. It is said that the more tails a kitsune has—as many as nine—the wiser and more powerful it is. What is said to happen when a kitsune gets its ninth tail? More...
This Day in History

Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans Exhibition Opens (1962)

One of the most influential artists of the late 20th century, Warhol began painting in the late 1950s and received sudden notoriety in 1962, when he exhibited 32 silkscreened paintings of Campbell's soup cans in a California art gallery. The blatantly mundane content of the exhibition ran contrary to the abstract expressionist aesthetic of the time and generated much controversy, establishing Warhol as the leading exponent of the pop art movement. How did the soup cans differ from one another? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Boas (1858)

Boas was a German-American anthropologist. Trained in physics, he was part of an early scientific expedition to Baffin Island, where he turned to studying Eskimo culture. He is largely credited with establishing anthropology as an academic discipline in the US, and his achievements in anthropology are virtually unrivaled. It is largely because of his work that anthropologists today attribute human differences to cultural, rather than genetic, factors. Who were some of his famous students? More...
Quotation of the Day
Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; And I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatsoever state he is. This consists in a full resignation to the will of Providence.

John Filson (1747-1788)

Idiom of the Day

fox's sleep

A state of apparent sleep (or feigned indifference) in which someone is actually aware of everything going on around him or her. Alludes to the idea that foxes sleep with one eye open and thus are always at the ready. More...
Today's Holiday

Savonlinna Opera Festival (2019)

The Savonlinna Opera Festival is a month-long music festival in Savonlinna, Finland. Considered one of Europe's most important musical events, it began in 1967 with a performance of Beethoven's Fidelio. In 1992, for its 25th anniversary, Fidelio was presented again, as well as George and Ira Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, produced by Opera Ebony of New York and conducted by Estonian maestro Eri Klas. The main site of the festival is the Olavinlinna Castle, the best-preserved medieval fortress in Finland. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: signs

conjecture - First meant "the interpretation of omens or signs" or "divination," and it literally means "to throw together," that is, to produce a theory by putting together a number of facts. More...

diacritic - From Greek diakrinein, "distinguish from," it denotes marks or signs that distinguish different values or sounds (pronunciations) of a letter. More...

semiopathy - A tendency to read humorously inappropriate meanings into signs. More...

sigla - The words for signs and abbreviations representing words. More...

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