Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

ingenuous

Definition:(adjective) Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness.
Synonyms:artless
Usage: His ingenuous delight in it was a delight to her, and a new and mutual love-thrill was theirs—because of a flower.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Definite and Indefinite Articles

The definite article "the" is used to identify a specific person, place, or thing. What are the indefinite articles "a" and "an" used to identify? More...
Article of the Day

Klezmer

Klezmer is a form of instrumental Jewish folk music that had its beginnings in the Middle Ages. Its name is a Yiddishized version of the Hebrew klei zemir, meaning "instruments of song," that until the mid-20th century referred to the musicians rather than the music. Largely based on cantorial singing and the folk music of Eastern Europe, klezmer has a distinctive sound that is reminiscent of the human voice. Itinerant musicians from what ethnic group influenced the genre's development? More...
This Day in History

Hermine Braunsteiner Becomes First Nazi Extradited from the US (1973)

Nicknamed the "Stomping Mare" for her violent kicking of prisoners, Braunsteiner was a Nazi concentration camp guard during WWII. After the war, she spent a brief period in jail for war crimes before marrying an American and becoming a US citizen. In 1964, she was confronted at her home in New York by a reporter tipped off about her past by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. When her role in the war came to light, she was stripped of her citizenship and extradited to West Germany. What became of her? More...
Today's Birthday

John Heathcoat (1783)

Heathcoat was not the first person to invent a lacemaking machine, but his apparatus was the first to produce an exact imitation of handmade pillow lace. Patented in 1809, it was the most complex textile machine then in existence. Heathcoat decided to capitalize on his invention by opening a lace mill, but textile workers, angry that they were being replaced by machines, attacked and destroyed it in 1816. Undeterred, he opened a new mill elsewhere. What happened to the steam plough he invented? More...
Quotation of the Day
No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

the other side

Existence after death; the world of the afterlife. More...
Today's Holiday

Côte d'Ivoire Independence Day (2018)

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) was granted independence from France on August 7, 1960. It had been a French colony since 1893. Independence Day is a national holiday in Ivory Coast, celebrated with parades, dancing, and fireworks. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shoulder

hobo - A style of handbag or purse that is typically large and characterized by a crescent shape, a slouchy posture and a long strap designed to wear over the shoulder. More...

lane - A narrow, often bucolic, path that lacks a shoulder or median; it can also be a division of a larger road. More...

jowl - The head and shoulders of certain fishes, such as salmon and sturgeon. More...

trousseau - The French diminutive of truss or bundle—the thing that tramps or runaways carry tied to a stick over their shoulders. More...

In the News

America's Previous Coast-To-Coast Eclipse Almost Proved Einstein Right

The most massive object in our Solar System is the Sun; the largest object in Earth's skies is the Moon. When the right celestial configuration occurs, the shadow cast by the Moon falls on the surface of the Earth, creating a total solar eclipse. During the ... More...
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