Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 18, 2020)
Word of the Day

bric-a-brac

Definition:(noun) Small, usually ornamental objects valued for their antiquity, rarity, originality, or sentimental associations.
Synonyms:knickknackery, whatnot
Usage: The realtor recommended that I pack away some of my bric-a-brac before showing the apartment to potential buyers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Phrasal Verbs and Transitive Verbs

When phrasal verbs are transitive, they always take direct objects. This can make it difficult to tell whether a particle or prepositional phrasal verb is being used. However, there is a quick test that we can perform to be sure. What is it? More...
Article of the Day

Pike and Shot

Though the earliest guns were developed in the 14th century, they did not immediately replace all other weapons. Rather, the armies of Europe began using combined formations in which troops armed with newfangled firearms—"shot"—fought alongside those with large, reliable spears—"pike." Known as "pike and shot," the technique represented a transitional period in the history of warfare. By the end of the 17th century, pikes had been replaced by bayonets. When did US troops carry pikes into battle? More...
This Day in History

World's First Communications Satellite Launched (1958)

Today, communications satellites are widely used to provide internet access, TV and radio broadcasting, and mobile telephone service, even to areas where traditional cable service is unfeasible. The first such satellite, launched by the US Air Force, was Project SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment). It was equipped with two tape recorders—each with a four-minute capacity—and batteries that would last for 12 days. What was the first message broadcast from the satellite? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Grimaldi (1778)

Grimaldi was an English actor who is considered the inventor of the modern clown character. He made his debut as a young child at Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, and for years he performed there and at Drury Lane. By the time he starred in Harlequin Mother Goose at Covent Garden in 1806, he was a legend. He is credited with introducing the white makeup now commonly worn by clowns. Exhausted by the physical exertion of clowning, he died in 1837. What famous author edited his memoirs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Eulogy, n.: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

insofar as

To such an extent that; to the degree that. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Modesto's Day (2020)

St. Modesto is the patron saint of farmers in Greece. His feast day is celebrated with various rituals in honor of farm animals. In Lemnos, kollyva (cooked wheat berries) and holy water are mixed with their fodder, while in Lesbos, the holy water is sprinkled on the fields to ward off locusts and disease. For horses and oxen, December 18 is a day of rest. The Eastern Orthodox Church reserves this day to commemorate St. Modestus, who was patriarch of Jerusalem from 631 to 634. He is known for a sermon he preached on the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: representation

macrograph - A life-size drawing or representation. More...

simulacrum - In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue. More...

representational art - Art that seeks to depict the physical appearance of reality; also called objective art and figurative art. More...

logogram, logograph, grammalogue - A logogram or logograph is the same as a grammalogue, a word represented by a single sign, like $. More...

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