Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
Word of the Day

formalism

Definition:(noun) A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content.
Synonyms:modernism
Usage: Many artists were still interested in depicting traditional narratives and came to find the doctrine of formalism limiting.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - May

The modal verb "may" is used to ask, grant, or describe permission, and to politely offer to do something for someone, among other things. Why is "can't" more commonly used in questions than "may not"? More...
Article of the Day

Tiger's Eye

Tiger's eye is a yellow-brown, semiprecious chatoyant gemstone consisting of quartz with parallel veins of silicified altered crocidolite. The gems are usually cut en cabochon, meaning with a convex, rounded surface that is polished but unfaceted, in order to best display their chatoyancy. Notable sources of tiger's eye include the US, Canada, China, Brazil, Namibia, India and Burma. What is tiger iron? More...
This Day in History

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe Announces He Has AIDS (1992)

Ashe was the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis and was thus a very public figure, even after his retirement, which followed a 1979 heart attack and quadruple-bypass surgery. In 1983, he contracted HIV from a blood transfusion during a second heart surgery. He kept it a secret until 1992, when a newspaper threatened to publish a story about his illness. His subsequent openness about AIDS helped combat the disease's stigma. How much longer did Ashe live? More...
Today's Birthday

Edmund Husserl (1859)

Husserl was a German philosopher and the founder of the phenomenological movement. His philosophy is a descriptive study of consciousness for the purpose of discovering the structure of experience—the laws by which experiences are had. Husserl concluded that consciousness has no life apart from the objects it considers and, in his later work, moved toward idealism and denied that objects exist outside consciousness. Husserl had a major influence on what German philosopher? More...
Quotation of the Day
One likes people much better when they're battered down by a prodigious siege of misfortune than when they triumph.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

can't even

slang Cannot handle (something). A phrase used (usually comically) when one cannot articulate their strong feelings (often of frustration) about something or someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Hana Matsuri (2019)

Hana Matsuri is a celebration of the Buddha's birthday, observed in Buddhist temples throughout Japan. The highlight of the celebration is a ritual known as kambutsue ("ceremony of 'baptizing' the Buddha"), in which a tiny bronze statue of the Buddha, standing in an open lotus flower, is anointed with sweet tea. People use a small bamboo ladle to pour the tea, made of hydrangea leaves, over the head of the statue. The custom is supposed to date from the seventh century, when perfume was used, as well as tea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ranch

biscuit shooter - A waitress at a lunch counter or a cook on a ranch. More...

dude, dude ranch - A dude is a city-dweller, especially one vacationing on a ranch—hence, dude ranch. More...

ranch dressing - A creamy buttermilk-based dressing with garlic and other spices and herbs, developed at Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara in the 1950s. More...

ranch - From Spanish rancho, "group of persons eating together." More...

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