Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

piecemeal

Definition:(adverb) By a small amount at a time; in stages.
Synonyms:bit by bit, in stages, little by little
Usage: The research structure has developed piecemeal over the course of a century.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Independent Clauses

An independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a clause that forms a complete, independent thought. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Mandala, a Microcosm of the Universe

The mandala, meaning circle or completion, is a ritualistic diagram that has spiritual significance in Hinduism and Buddhism. Representing a microcosm of the universe and the totality of existence, it serves as a collection point for gods and universal powers. Its symmetric geometric shapes draw the viewer's attention to a central meditative point. A Tibetan sand mandala is created over the course of days or weeks only to be swept away upon completion. What does this represent? More...
This Day in History

"Is Paul McCartney Dead?" (1969)

If one is to believe the rumors, the real Paul McCartney died at the height of Beatlemania and was secretly replaced by a double. The precise origins of this urban legend are unknown, but it gained traction at around the time that the band was breaking up. This is attributed in part to an article published in an Iowa university student newspaper addressing the rumors and pointing to supposed clues in the band's music and album artwork that alluded to the rocker's death. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904)

Ashton is best known as the founding choreographer of England's Royal Ballet. He was drawn to dance at age 13 after attending a performance by the legendary Anna Pavlova in Peru, where he grew up. While studying dance with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert, he began staging works. In the 1930s, he joined what would later become the Royal Ballet as its chief choreographer. Ashton is largely responsible for the elegantly reserved style of English classical dance. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes very little fire to make a great deal of smoke nowadays, and notoriety is not real glory.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

be rained out

To be delayed, postponed, or cancelled due to the rain. More...
Today's Holiday

Angola National Heroes Day (2018)

National Heroes Day in Angola is celebrated on the birthday of the man considered to be the nation's founder, Antonio Agostinho Neto. National Heroes Day honors Neto, his ideals for his country, and his accomplishments, as well as those who lost their lives in the struggle for Angolan independence. In addition to ceremonies and speeches, special sports events are often held on this day, including competitions in basketball, cycling, football, chess, swimming, volleyball, and other athletics. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nourishment

foster - Comes from the Germanic base for "food" and it originally meant "food, nourishment." More...

inanity, inanition - Inanity is intellectual or spiritual emptiness; inanition is the lack of nourishment. More...

meat - First meant "food, nourishment"—especially solid food as opposed to drink. More...

nourishment - Wine or spirits given medicinally can be called nourishment. More...

In the News

Poison Control Centers See Spike in Children Swallowing Hand Sanitizer

On Monday, a 6-year-old girl from Georgia was hospitalized after drinking hand sanitizer, a incident that reflects an increase in similar incidents. According to analysis by the Georgia Poison Center, calls coming in to centers nationwide have ... More...
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