Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 21, 2019)
Word of the Day

minimalism

Definition:(noun) An art movement in sculpture and painting that began in the 1950s and emphasized extreme simplification of form and color.
Synonyms:reductivism
Usage: The sculpture—simply a perfect sphere—must have been created at the height of minimalism.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbial Phrases

An adverbial phrase is a group of words that functions as an adverb in a sentence. That is, it modifies a verb, adjective, adverb, clause, or the sentence as a whole. "Very quickly" is an adverbial phrase. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Wok Racing

A wok is a large metal pan with a rounded bottom used in Asian cooking and, in recent years, for racing. Developed by German TV host Stefan Raab as the result of a bet, wok racing involves individuals or teams of four riding woks down an Olympic bobsled track. The first official Wok World Championship was held in 2003 and has continued each year since, drawing celebrities as well as Olympic athletes. What kitchen utensils do racers wear on their feet as protective gear? More...
This Day in History

"Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus" Editorial Is Published (1897)

In 1897, eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City asked her father if Santa Claus was real. When he suggested that "if you see it in The Sun, it's so," she wrote to the newspaper and asked. Editor Francis Pharcellus Church's lengthy, touching reply became one of the most reprinted newspaper editorials in US history. "Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias," wrote Church. What happened to Virginia? More...
Today's Birthday

Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853)

A Dutch physicist and professor at the University of Leiden, Onnes founded in 1884 a cryogenic laboratory that would become a renowned research center for low-temperature physics. He was the first to produce liquid helium, and in the process produced a temperature within a degree of absolute zero. He also discovered superconductivity—the abnormally high electrical conductivity of certain materials at very low temperatures. When he first observed superconductivity, what did he think it was? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are certain narrow, unimaginative, and autocratic old people who seem to call out the most mischievous, and sometimes the worst traits in children.

Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

I take it

I imagine this is the case; I presume it to be true (that); it is my understanding (that). More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Peace (2020)

This is a day proclaimed by the U.N. each year to promote the ideals of peace. The first official observance of the International Day of Peace was in September 1982. At the United Nations, the day is marked with a special message by the secretary-general, who then rings the Japanese Peace Bell and invites people throughout the world to reflect on the meaning of peace. Special events are organized in various countries, and in the United States the mayors of a number of cities issue proclamations for the day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: turkey

poult - A young domestic fowl (like a turkey) being raised for food. More...

meleagrine - The adjective form of turkey. More...

wattle - The fleshy part hanging from the neck of a turkey or other bird. More...

turkey - Originally the name for African guinea fowl, it eventually became the name for the Western hemisphere fowl with which the earlier fowl was confused; it is short for turkeycock or turkeyhen. More...

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