Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

miscreant

Definition:(noun) A person without moral scruples.
Synonyms:reprobate
Usage: And here, gentlemen, the foul play of these miscreants must come out.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives after the Noun

While attributive adjectives are generally found before the noun they modify, especially in simple sentences, there are also many cases in which they are placed immediately after the noun. What are these adjectives called? More...
Article of the Day

Water Witching

Dowsing, also known as divining or water witching, is the practice of ascertaining the presence of underground water or minerals using a forked twig or a pendulum. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years, and while it may have originally been rooted in divination of the will of the gods, the practice was later associated with Satan. Many skeptics believe that dowsing successes result mostly from chance. What did the 1987 Munich study of more than 500 dowsers conclude? More...
This Day in History

North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Takes Effect (1994)

Signed by Canada, Mexico, and the US, NAFTA created the world's largest free-trade area. The agreement immediately lifted tariffs on the majority of goods produced by the signatory nations, and it called for the gradual elimination of most of the remaining barriers to cross-border investment and to the movement of goods and services among the three countries. Critics claim that NAFTA has led to job loss in the US due to the prevalence of maquiladoras, which are what? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Stieglitz (1864)

Stieglitz was the first art photographer in the US. More than any other American, he compelled the recognition of photography as a fine art. After editing a series of photography magazines, he established the famous gallery "291" in New York City. The gallery soon broadened its scope from fine-art photography and introduced to the US works by members of the modern French art movement, including Cézanne and Picasso. It also exhibited the works of what American artist whom Stieglitz later married? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

go through a phase

To experience or be in the midst of a temporary period of change, development, or fluctuation. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Fools (2020)

A mock-religious festival popular during the Middle Ages in Europe, particularly France, the Feast of Fools had much in common with the Roman Saturnalia. Various classes of the clergy took turns reversing the normal procedures in the church—the group to whom the day belonged would nominate a bishop and archbishop of fools, ordaining them in a mock ceremony and then presenting them to the people. They would dance and sing obscene songs, play dice or eat at the altar, burn old shoes in the censers, and engage in other activities that would normally be unthinkable. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: narrative

narratage - The technique of having one character in the role of storyteller or the act of inserting bits of explanation into a narrative. More...

narrative - First an adjective meaning "telling the facts of a story," from Latin narrare, which is also the base of narrate. More...

saga - Old Norse for "narrative." More...

diegesis - The narrative or plot. More...

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