Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

objectify

Definition:(verb) Make impersonal or present as an object.
Synonyms:depersonalize
Usage: Pornography objectifies women.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Indefinite Articles with Uncountable Nouns

Uncountable nouns cannot take the indefinite articles "a" or "an" in a sentence. Why not? More...
Article of the Day

Euripides

Euripides was a Greek playwright recognized, along with Aeschylus and Sophocles, as one of Athens's three great tragic dramatists. Unlike his contemporaries, who concerned themselves with grandiose themes and deities, Euripides wrote about ordinary people and social issues. He began competing in the dramatic festival of Dionysus in 455 BCE and won his first victory in 441 BCE. Of his 92 plays, only about 19 survive. Many of his plays are resolved by a deus ex machina, which is what? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues—faith and hope.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

rob the till

To steal the earnings of a shop or restaurant from out of its cash register. More...
Today's Holiday

Aizu Byakko Matsuri (2018)

Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, they killed themselves. Each September to commemorate their courage, there is a procession of 500 warriors and a lantern procession through Aizu Wakamatsu, where the original members of the White Tiger Band are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: toes

gronk, cheese, toe-jam - The stuff between your toes. More...

pantaraxia - Any actions aimed at keeping people on their toes. More...

plantar pad, digital pads - The plantar pad is the larger pad of a cat's foot; the digital pads are on the toes. More...

dactyl - Your dactyls are your toes. More...

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