Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 23, 2019)
Word of the Day

visage

Definition:(noun) The face or facial expression of a person.
Synonyms:physiognomy, smiler, kisser, phiz, countenance, mug
Usage: A small bonnet of black silk … was placed on the back of her head, but so as not to shade her visage in the least.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used for Different Media

We use the preposition "in" when we are talking about something appearing in printed media. What preposition do we use to talk about something appearing on televised or digital media? More...
Article of the Day

Melungeon

"Melungeon" is a controversial term applied to a group of people who traditionally lived near the Cumberland Gap area of central Appalachia in the US and who have mixed Native American, white, and black ancestry. Though culturally and linguistically identical to their white neighbors and generally well-integrated, melungeons began being pejoratively identified as such in the period of heightened racial tensions leading up to the Civil War. What is known about the group’s history and origins? More...
This Day in History

The Hungarian Republic Is Officially Proclaimed (1989)

The defeat of the Central Powers in WWI brought the dual monarchy of Austria-Hungary to an end and led to the creation of an independent Hungarian republic, which, in 1949, came under Communist control. Though a 1956 uprising was suppressed, Hungary became the most tolerant of the Soviet bloc nations of Europe and finally replaced Communism with a multi-party democracy with free elections in 1989. Hungary's relative freedom compared to other Eastern bloc countries led to what satirical nickname? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Crichton (1942)

While pursuing a medical degree at Harvard University, the intensely private Crichton began writing novels under a pseudonym. He published The Andromeda Strain during his final year and went on to write several best-selling works, many of which were made into films, including Jurassic Park and Congo. He unexpectedly died of throat cancer in 2008. While in college, he once submitted an essay by George Orwell under his own name as an experiment. What grade did he receive? More...
Quotation of the Day
The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

in (someone's) wheelhouse

In, related to, or matching someone's general interests, abilities, or area of familiarity; in someone's comfort zone. More...
Today's Holiday

Hungary Republic Day (2020)

In Hungary, Republic Day and the 1956 Revolution are celebrated on October 23 and originally commemorated the 1956 uprising against Soviet control. On October 23, 1989, in honor of the previous revolution, Hungarians established a new republic, amending the constitution to allow multiparty politics, public assembly, and create separation of power in the government. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tune

accordion, concertina - Accordion derives from Italian accordare, "to tune," and both it and the concertina operate on the same basic principle; however, the accordion has a pianolike keyboard and is rectangular and bulky, while the concertina has buttons in headboards and is hexagonal and more portable. More...

carol - A term which originally referred to a non-religious ring dance accompanied by singing. Eventually it came to mean a merry song with a tune that could be danced to. The Italian friars who lived with St. Francis of Assisi were the first to compose Christmas carols, c. 1410. More...

lilt - Comes from a word meaning "pipe," and the noun originally meant "song, tune." More...

perseveration - The recurrence of a tune or thought in the mind. More...

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