Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 7, 2021)
Word of the Day

coruscate

Definition:(verb) Be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity.
Synonyms:sparkle, scintillate
Usage: The flutist's music coruscated throughout the concert hall.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mitigators and Intensifiers

Adverbial phrases are commonly formed when an adverb's intensity is being modified by another adverb. These modifying adverbs are known as "mitigators" and "intensifiers." How do mitigators and intensifiers each function in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Astro Boy

Created in the early 1950s by Osamu Tezuka—a Japanese artist revered by fans as the "God of Manga"—Astro Boy was an influential and successful comic book series. In 1963, it was adapted into a television program considered to have been one of the first expressions of the style now known as anime. The series follows the adventures of a powerful robot that was designed to resemble a real boy. What iconic American animator did Tezuka meet at the New York World’s Fair in 1964? More...
This Day in History

British Parliament Votes in Favor of All-Elected House of Lords (2007)

In the UK, Parliament consists, technically, of the monarch, the House of Commons, and the House of Lords. The great power of the House of Commons lies, historically, in its control of government finances. However, the powers of the House of Lords have been negligible since 1911, when an act stripped the House of Lords of its veto power on money bills and on other bills under some circumstances. The vote in 2007 for an all-elected House of Lords came after several votes on what other options? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Magnani (1908)

An illegitimate child abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in a Roman slum, Magnani overcame incredible odds to become an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress. She began her performing career singing bawdy street songs in the nightclubs of Rome, but before long she was starring on the stage and screen, earning recognition for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of earthy, lower-class women. A believer in the supernatural, Magnani claimed to have what power? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

leather-lunged

(used before a noun) Having an extremely or inordinately loud or strong voice, as of someone with very robust lungs. More...
Today's Holiday

Bike Week (2021)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skirt

bustle - A stuffed pad or cushion worn under the skirt of a woman's dress, it had a synonym of "dress-improver." More...

kick pleat - The slit in the back of a skirt or coat that allows more freedom of movement. More...

A-line - A dress or skirt shaped like an A, created by Christian Dior. More...

skirt - The ice cream at the base of a scoop of ice cream in a cone. More...

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