Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

nadir

Definition:(noun) An extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything.
Synonyms:low-water mark, rock bottom
Usage: They lost everything in the fire and reached the nadir of their fortunes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominal Adjectives

Nominal adjectives perform the function of a noun in a sentence. They are preceded by the word "the" and can be the subject or object of a sentence or clause. What are some nominal adjectives that are used to refer to groups of people? More...
Article of the Day

Age is Just a Number

Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until she was nearly 110. At 114, she became the world's oldest actress, appearing as herself in the family film Vincent and Me. Calment attributed her longevity to what food product? More...
This Day in History

Nellie Tayloe Ross Becomes First Woman to Head US Mint (1933)

In 1925, following the death of her governor husband, Ross was elected to serve out the remainder of his term, becoming the US's first female governor. She remained politically active after her gubernatorial term and was appointed director of the US Bureau of the Mint in 1933—becoming the first woman to hold that office as well. In her 20 years as director, she saw the Mint through the economic throes of the Great Depression and through WWII. What did Ross do before becoming governor? More...
Today's Birthday

Bernhard von Bülow (1849)

A German statesman, von Bülow was appointed state secretary for the foreign department in 1897. He quickly became a potent force and succeeded to the chancellorship in 1900, serving until 1909. Together with Emperor William II, he pursued a policy of German aggrandizement in the years preceding WWI, inadvertently antagonizing the English, French, and Russians, who eventually formed an alliance against Germany. He lost the emperor's confidence in the Daily Telegraph affair, which was what? More...
Quotation of the Day
States, as great engines, move slowly.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

curl (one's) hair

To shock or terrify someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival (2019)

The oldest blossom festival in the United States, this event has been held annually in Wenatchee, Washington, since 1920 (with the exception of the World War II years). Originally called Blossom Days, the event grew in size and popularity until it reached its current status as an 11-day festival drawing up to 100,000 spectators. In addition to seeing the Wenatchee Valley orchards in full bloom, the events include parades, a foodfest, a marching band competition, and sporting events. In 1967, the Aomori Apple Blossom Festival in Japan became Wenatchee's "sister festival," and the two towns have exchanged visitors a number of times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: representation

macrograph - A life-size drawing or representation. More...

simulacrum - In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue. More...

representational art - Art that seeks to depict the physical appearance of reality; also called objective art and figurative art. More...

logogram, logograph, grammalogue - A logogram or logograph is the same as a grammalogue, a word represented by a single sign, like $. More...

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