Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

entresol

Definition:(noun) The floor just above the ground floor of a building.
Synonyms:mezzanine
Usage: While waiting for our room to be prepared, we sat down for a cup of coffee in the entresol of the hotel.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles and Uncountable Nouns

The indefinite articles "a" and "an" cannot be used with uncountable nouns, which are nouns that cannot be divided or counted as individual elements or separate parts. Can uncountable nouns take the definite article "the"? More...
Article of the Day

Whirlyball

A team sport that combines elements of basketball, jai alai, lacrosse, and bumper cars, whirlyball was first developed in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the early 1960s. Whirlyball players ride in small, crank-steered electric vehicles known as "Whirlybugs" and score points for their team by shooting a Wiffle Ball at the opposing team's target. Further complicating matters is the fact that players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands and must pass, catch, and shoot using what? More...
This Day in History

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Opens on Broadway (1949)

Considered Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman won a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play award in its first year. An unconventional tragedy, it tells the story of the last day of Willy Loman, a failed salesman betrayed by his own hollow values. The play follows Loman's stream of consciousness. As he talks to people from his past, those from his present wonder if he is unraveling. What famous actors have played Loman? More...
Today's Birthday

Leontyne Price (1927)

When she was a young girl in Mississippi, Price was given a toy piano by her parents. Her passion for music was further inflamed by a Marian Anderson performance she saw as a child. She later enrolled in Juilliard and, with her remarkable vocal range and power, went on to become one of the Metropolitan Opera's most popular stars and the first internationally recognized African-American opera singer. What unusual fee did the soprano reportedly request for a 1981 appearance with Luciano Pavarotti? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is not the office of a man to receive gifts ... We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

lose (one's) spirit

To lose one's vigor, energy, hope, or resolve; to become resigned or complacent. More...
Today's Holiday

Namahage Sedo Festival (2018)

A namahage is a man dressed as a demon, wearing a grotesque mask and cape made of straw. Namahages traditionally appear on New Year's Eve at residents' homes to warn children not to be lazy. In 1964 the city of Oga adapted a community event that occurs in people's homes into a public festival that welcomes tourists. The Shinzan Shrine is the site for the festivities; in the dark, tens of people disguised as namahage parade down from the mountains and head to the shrine for music and dancing. Today a bonfire and rice cakes still await the arrival of the namahage. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: theatre

box office - An office in a theatre for booking seats, originally from "hiring a box." More...

in the wings - An expression from the theatre, referring to the areas on the sides of the stage hidden from the audience. More...

scenery, scenic - Scenery was originally theatrical—"a stage depiction of nature"—and it came to be applied to nature itself; scenic first pertained to the theatre and meant "dramatic, theatrical." More...

house - The audience at a theatre. More...

In the News

Why Are We Afraid of Sharks? There's a Scientific Explanation

There's something lurking in the water, and it's a fear of swimmers everywhere. It's a type of fish, this one several feet long, with rows of sharp, serrated teeth that it uses to clamp down on prey. There's a shark in the water. Sharks, specifically ... More...
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