Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

banal

Definition:(adjective) Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite.
Synonyms:stock, threadbare, hackneyed, old-hat, well-worn, tired
Usage: By his twelfth book, his plots had become downright banal.
Daily Grammar Lesson

When Not to Use a Semicolon

Although semicolons function in ways similar to both commas and periods, they do not have the exact function of either: they are stronger than a comma but weaker than a period, so it is not always appropriate to substitute one for the other. With what types of clauses would we not use a semicolon? More...
Article of the Day

Biorhythms

Biorhythms are recurring patterns of physiological states in an organism or organ. One example is the circadian rhythm that governs humans' sleep-wake cycle as well as their blood pressure changes and urine production during a 24-hour period. Circannual rhythms are yearly cycles that respond to changes in the length of periods of daylight. Some people believe that biorhythms affect physical and mental states and behavior. Who thought that his students' good and bad days followed a 33-day cycle? More...
This Day in History

First Manned, Untethered Hot Air Balloon Flight (1783)

The pioneering ballooning efforts of the Montgolfier brothers of France made 1783 a noteworthy year in aviation history. That year, the pair developed the first practical hot-air balloon—and demonstrated its safety by sending aloft a sheep, a duck, and a rooster. Months later, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent, Marquis d'Arlandes, made the first manned, untethered flight in a Montgolfier balloon, but they had not been the first choices to pilot the historic flight. Who were? More...
Today's Birthday

René Magritte (1898)

Before gaining the support of a Brussels art gallery and taking up painting full-time, Magritte earned a living designing wallpaper and advertisements. His early works were in the Cubist and Futurist styles, but he soon embraced Surrealism. Dislocations of space, time, and scale were common elements in his illogical paintings, and he used certain images—the sea, the female torso, the bourgeois "little man" in a bowler hat—repeatedly. Why did art thieves return a stolen Magritte painting in 2012? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had resolved never again to belong to another than herself.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

nut (something) out

To discover, through careful consideration, deliberation, or investigation, the solution to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2021)

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the 8th century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: promise

devout, devote - Devout and devote come from Latin de- and vovere, "promise." More...

fiance - French for "a promise." More...

gage - In "engage," it means "pledge, promise." More...

promise - Latin promittere originally meant "send forth," but evolved to mean "say in advance, foretell," and then "cause to expect," hence, promise. More...

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