Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

arc-boutant

Definition:(noun) A buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch.
Synonyms:flying buttress
Usage: The architect favors the arc-boutant in his designs because it is practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. We also often include durations of time to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. Can you identify the future perfect in the following sentence? "This June, I will have lived in New York for four years." More...
Article of the Day

Japanese Sake

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Although there are multiple theories about how it was developed, the first sakes were likely made from rice, millet, chestnuts, and acorns that people chewed and spit into a tub. The enzymes from the saliva converted the starches to sugars, resulting in a sweet mixture that was combined with freshly cooked grain and allowed to ferment. What does drinking sake from another's cup signify in Japanese culture? More...
This Day in History

Teenage Heiress Lesley Whittle Kidnapped from Bedroom (1975)

Dubbed the "Black Panther," Donald Neilson terrorized the UK in the 1970s. Initially a burglar, he began breaking into sub-post offices and murdering workers. He then kidnapped his youngest victim, 17-year-old heiress Lesley Whittle, for a ransom of £50,000. Police ineptitude plagued the case, and the ransom money was not delivered by the demanded deadline. Months later, Whittle's emaciated body was found hanging from a wire at the bottom of a drainage shaft. How was Neilson captured? More...
Today's Birthday

Berthe Morisot (1841)

Morisot was a French impressionist painter best known for her loose brushwork and the sensitivity she brought to her female subjects. She studied with many gifted painters, including Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and was highly influenced by Édouard Manet, whose brother she later married. She exhibited regularly with the Impressionists, and although none of her exhibits proved commercially successful, she outsold Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. What are some of her best known paintings? More...
Quotation of the Day
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration ... and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose—as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

on the down low

In a state of secrecy or minimal public knowledge; being known only by a select few people. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Ass (2022)

This festival recalling the flight of the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) into Egypt to escape King Herod reached its peak during the Middle Ages in France. It was customary to have a girl carrying a baby and riding an elaborately decorated ass led through the streets to the church. But the celebration gradually took on comic overtones, with the priest and congregation imitating the braying of an ass during the service and the ass itself being led into the church. By the 15th century the feast was nothing more than an occasion for laughter and was suppressed by the Church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: integrity

integrity - Data's consistency and freedom from corruption. More...

moral turpitude - Evil character or lack of integrity. More...

probity - Integrity, uprightness of character. More...

prove - From Latin probare, meaning "to test," it is literally to "make (something) honest." More...

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