Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

pedagogue

Definition:(noun) Someone who educates young people.
Synonyms:educator
Usage: My grandfather was a born pedagogue; it gave him great pleasure to impart information.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Superlative Adjectives

We usually use superlative adjectives when comparing the attributes of someone or something to others, either in a collective group or among several individuals. When we use a superlative adjective in a sentence, we almost always precede it with what word? More...
Article of the Day

Self-Portraits

Self-portraits have been made by artists for centuries, but it was not until the mid-1400s, when better quality mirrors became more available, that artists regularly began depicting themselves as the main subjects in their works. Because in them the artist is also the subject, self-portraits highlight the classic conflict between the artist's desire to produce an accurate representation of the subject and his desire to idealize him. Who are some of the most prolific self-portraitists? More...
This Day in History

Suicidal Passenger Brings Down Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 (1964)

In early May, Francisco Gonzales—a disturbed former member of the Philippine Olympic sailing team—bought a gun and life insurance and began talking about killing himself. He followed through on his threat during a flight to San Francisco, but he did more than just end his own life; he took the lives of all 44 people on board by shooting both the pilot and co-pilot, causing the plane to crash. What cockpit security regulation—adopted before the flight—only went into effect after the tragic crash? More...
Today's Birthday

Rabindranath Tagore (1861)

Tagore was a Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, writer, and composer whose works reshaped Bengali literature and music in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His writings, which often exhibit rhythmic lyricism, colloquial language, and philosophical contemplation, received worldwide acclaim. He became Asia's first Nobel laureate when he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Knighted by the British government in 1915, Tagore resigned the honor four years later in protest of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Treachery and violence are spears pointed at both ends; they wound those who resort to them worse than their enemies.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

a necktie party

An execution by hanging or lynching carried out by a mob of people outside the process of the law. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Tagore (2018)

This date commemorates the birth of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great poet, philosopher, social reformer, dramatist, and musician of Calcutta, India. In 1913, he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Tagore's birthday is celebrated with a festival of his poetry, plays, music, and dance dramas. There are discussions at schools and universities of his ideas on education and philosophy, and screenings of films based on Tagore's short stories and novels made by filmmaker and Calcutta native, Satyajit Ray. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: soldier

bombardier - First denoted a soldier in charge of a bombard, an early form of cannon. More...

functional shift - The process by which words change parts of speech without the addition of a prefix or suffix, as in soldier on, the verb, being created from soldier, the noun. More...

guerrilla, gorilla - Guerrilla is from a Spanish diminutive of guerra, "war," and refers to a soldier of an independent armed resistance force; gorilla is the ape. More...

military - Based on Latin miles, "soldier." More...

In the News

Meet InSight: The Mission To Measure Marsquakes and Unlock Red Planet

Even while tucked away in a testing lab in Colorado, the instrument picks up the sloshing of the oceans thousands of miles away. That's the kind of sensitive equipment that's about to go to Mars, where NASA's next mission will dig into the mysterious history ... More...
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