Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

pinnace

Definition:(noun) A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
Synonyms:ship's boat, cutter, tender
Usage: Seated upon the projection formed by the hull of the pinnace, I inhaled the salt breeze with delight.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Comparative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular comparative adverbs. "Well" is an example of an irregular comparative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Saron

The saron is a musical instrument that features prominently in Indonesian musical ensembles. It typically consists of seven bronze bars placed on top of a resonating frame, called a rancak. Sarons typically come in a number of sizes, and each size is pitched differently. A seated performer strikes the instrument with a tabuh, or mallet, to produce a musical note and uses his free hand to then grasp the ringing key and dampen the sound. What materials are used to make saron mallets? More...
This Day in History

Coordinated Casablanca Bombings Kill 33 (2003)

In a single night in 2003, 12 suicide bombers detonated explosives over a short span of time at several locations in Casablanca, Morocco, including a Jewish community center, a Spanish restaurant, and the Belgian consulate. The coordinated bombings claimed 33 victims. Two terrorists were caught before they could carry out their missions, and many others were later arrested for their roles in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history. How did nine of them escape prison in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718)

Agnesi was an Italian mathematician and philosopher. A child prodigy, she mastered several languages at an early age, and her proud father often held academic gatherings at which she spoke. When she was 9, she delivered a lengthy speech in Latin on the topic of women's right to education. At 20, she withdrew from society to focus on her studies and went on to produce her noted two-volume mathematical treatise Analytical Institutions. What appointment did she later receive from the pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

the Nikon choir

The paparazzi or a large group of photojournalists, especially when actively engaged in photographing someone or something of great interest. (Refers to the Nikon brand of camera.) More...
Today's Holiday

National Family Month (2018)

National Family Month is observed during the five-week period between Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June. It was started by KidsPeace, a private, not-for-profit organization. The organization believes that such observances provide opportunities for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to be more involved in the lives of the children for whom they are responsible. Families are urged to spend time doing things together during this five-week period, whether it is taking a family vacation or simply doing chores around the house. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: narrative

narratage - The technique of having one character in the role of storyteller or the act of inserting bits of explanation into a narrative. More...

narrative - First an adjective meaning "telling the facts of a story," from Latin narrare, which is also the base of narrate. More...

saga - Old Norse for "narrative." More...

diegesis - The narrative or plot. More...

In the News

Imagine Discovering That Your Teaching Assistant Really Is a Robot

One day in January, Eric Wilson dashed off a message to the teaching assistants for an online course at the Georgia Institute of Technology. “I really feel like I missed the mark in giving the correct amount of feedback,” he wrote, pleading to revise ... More...
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