Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 21, 2019)
Word of the Day

corpuscle

Definition:(noun) (Nontechnical usage) A tiny piece of anything.
Synonyms:mote, particle, speck, atom, molecule
Usage: I would not touch one corpuscle of that germ-ridden filth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Infinitive Mood and the Emphatic Mood

There are two sub-categories that are sometimes described as moods in different grammar guides: the "infinitive mood" and the "emphatic mood." The "infinitive mood" merely refers to a verb being put into its infinitive form—that is, the base form with the particle "to." What is the "emphatic mood"? More...
Article of the Day

Genius

In Roman mythology, a genius was the guardian spirit of a man, an institution, a city, a state, or a large family unit known as a gens. As the guardian spirit of an individual, the genius was largely the force of one's natural desires. An individual's notable achievements or intellectual prowess was attributed to his genius, and, eventually, a high achiever was said to have genius or be a genius. Today, by contrast, a genius is considered a person with an intelligence quotient of what? More...
This Day in History

The First Rock Major Concert Is Held, Gets Shut Down (1952)

On the night of March 21, 1952, more than 20,000 fans tried to pack into the Cleveland Arena, which had an actual capacity of about half that number. Consequently, authorities shut down that evening's concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, just minutes into the opening act, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers. The show is considered to have been the first major rock concert in history. It was promoted by Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey believed to have coined what term? More...
Today's Birthday

Gary Oldman (1958)

Oldman is an English actor known for playing eccentric characters and for his ability to master accents. He first appeared on screen in the 1982 film Remembrance and has since played a variety of characters including Dracula, Beethoven, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. In 1997, he wrote, directed, and produced Nil By Mouth, an award-winning film reportedly based on his life. Recently, he has received acclaim for his portrayal of which character in the Harry Potter film series? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man's character may be learned from the adjectives which he habitually uses in conversation.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

salt in the/(one's) wound(s)

An aggravation that makes something unpleasant, difficult, or painful even worse. More...
Today's Holiday

Shunbun-no-Hi (2022)

In Japan, where the Vernal Equinox is a national holiday, the entire week during which the equinox occurs is called Higan, which means "other shore." The observance of Vernal Equinox Day began during the reign of 7th-century Prince Shotoku. It became a national holiday during the Meiji period. Visiting the family cemetery is popular on this day, and people tend to regard it as a happy event. Although no meat is served during the week, o-hagi, soft rice balls covered with sweetened bean paste, are popular. Shunbun-no-Hi is a day set aside to honor nature and to show respect for growing things. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vapor

atmosphere - Derives from Greek atmos, "vapor," and sphaira, "globe," and is literally "ball of vapor." More...

brume, brumous - Brume is a poetic term meaning "mist, fog, or vapor"; brumous means "foggy." More...

damp - The noun first meant "vapor, steam," or "smoke"—especially that which was harmful or noxious. More...

transpire - Had an early sense of "emit as vapor through the surface"—from trans-, "through," and spirare, "breathe." More...

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