Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

chaise

Definition:(noun) A long chair; for reclining.
Synonyms:daybed
Usage: The queen reclined on a gorgeous chaise while her servants fanned her with palm fronds.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Concrete nouns name people, places, or things with physical properties. Abstract nouns name intangible things, such as concepts, feelings, characteristics, etc. Gerunds are verbs that end in "-ing" and function as nouns. Are they concrete or abstract? More...
Article of the Day

Street Art

Street art is any art developed in public spaces and includes traditional graffiti, stencil graffiti, sticker art, video projections, street installations, and posters. Though it usually refers to art of an illicit nature, the term is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. Some street artists have even achieved mainstream recognition and commercial success. Who are some prominent street artists? More...
This Day in History

Contested Kentucky Governor Dies of Gunshot Wounds (1900)

At the time he was shot on the grounds of Kentucky's state capitol, William Goebel was not a well-liked man—nor had he technically won the heavily contested 1899 Kentucky gubernatorial election. However, he lived just long enough to be declared governor and sworn into office, making him the only state governor in US history to have been assassinated. The identity of his assassin remains a mystery. Several years before his murder, Goebel shot a political foe in the head. What prompted their duel? More...
Today's Birthday

Antonio José de Sucre (1795)

One of the most respected leaders of the Latin American wars for independence, Sucre was a close friend and chief lieutenant of Simón Bolívar. He was an able military leader, yet he was known for his kindness to those he defeated. Against his will, he became president of the newly created state of Bolivia and soon resigned. He later returned to service to help repel a Peruvian invasion. At the age of 35, he was waylaid in a mountainous region and killed. He was buried not in Bolivia, but where? More...
Quotation of the Day
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

a losing game

A failing or hopeless effort; a situation or activity that is ultimately futile or cannot be won. (Most often used in the phrase "play a losing game.") More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of San Blas (2018)

San Blas (Saint Blaise) is the patron saint of Paraguay, and his feast day, February 3, is observed throughout the country. Asunción and other large cities host religious processions, and the smaller villages often have bullfights on this day. Flowers, ribbons, and paper money (attached to the tail) adorn the bull. Because this event is a humorous commentary on bullfighting, rather than a real bullfight, the goal is not to kill the bull. Instead, bullfighters try to grab hold of the bull and remove the money from its tail without getting hurt. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trade name

trade name - A name with the status of a trademark. More...

trademark - A name, symbol, or other depiction identifying a product. The first trademarks were stamps and symbols used by ancient cultures to indicate who had made goods; a trade name is the name of the maker, not the product, but has the status of a trademark. More...

Ping-Pong - A trade name for table tennis, invented as an echoic term for the sound of the ball. More...

Sheetrock, drywall, wall board - Sheetrock is a trade name for drywall or wall board—pre-hardened plaster of Paris (gypsum) sold in large sheets and used as a wall surface in building construction. More...

In the News

Website Crowdsources Archaeological Digs

A website that will let members of the public search for potential archaeological sites has been launched. It is the brainchild of space archaeologist Dr Sarah Parcak who set it up using prize money from the Ted conference. Describing it as "Indiana ... More...
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