Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

avaricious

Definition:(adjective) Immoderately desirous of wealth or gain.
Synonyms:covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile
Usage: The avaricious man prayed to have a room full of gold.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs that Indicate a Degree of Certainty

There are several types of evaluative adverbs, which can be classified according to their function. We can use evaluative adverbs to state how certain we are about something. "Obviously" is an evaluative adverb that we can use in this way. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

Waffles

Waffles are light batter cakes cooked between two gridded hot plates that give the food its distinctive, pocketed pattern. The modern waffle has its origins in the wafers—thin, crisp cakes made from a mixture of barley and oats and baked between wafer-irons—that were popular in the Middle Ages. Today, a number of waffle varieties are enjoyed throughout the world, including Belgian, Liège, and American. What are Hong Kong-style waffles? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential "mad scientist"? More...
Quotation of the Day
He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

be (someone's) call

To be ultimately left up to someone to decide. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Festival (2017)

An annual event since 1926, Michigan's National Cherry Festival takes place in Traverse City, where 70 percent of the world's red cherries are grown. The festival features both traditional and offbeat events involving cherries: cherry pie-eating and cooking contests, a cherry wine competition, displays of cherries and cherry products, free tours of the cherry orchards, a cherry smorgasbord luncheon, and the weighing-in of the world's largest cherry. It also includes three major parades, national high school band competitions, canoe races, and a water ski tournament. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melody

grace note - An extra note for embellishment, not necessary for the harmony or melody. More...

absolute music, abstract music, pure music - Absolute music (abstract music, pure music) is music for its own sake—concerned only with structure, melody, harmony, and rhythm. More...

air - An expressive succession of musical sounds—a melody or tune. More...

melody - From Greek melos, "song," its early sense was "sweet music." More...

In the News

Antarctic Iceberg: Giant 'White Wanderer' Poised to Break Free

Everybody is fascinated by icebergs. The idea that you can have blocks of frozen water the size of cities, and bigger, sparks our sense of wonder. British astronaut Tim Peake photographed one from orbit that would just about fit inside Central London's ... More...
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