Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

short-lived

Definition:(adjective) Lasting a very short time.
Synonyms:ephemeral, fugacious, passing, transitory, transient
Usage: Any hope that the speech would end the war was short-lived, as fighting resumed within hours.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that Start with "In"

As there is no way to decipher a prepositional idiom's meaning simply by looking at it, it is best to memorize as many combinations as possible. Many combinations start with "in," such as "in advance," "in common," and "in general." What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Lorem Ipsum

Lorem ipsum is the nonsensical Latin text that publishers and graphic designers commonly use to demonstrate typeface or page layout. Because it has no meaning—even in Latin—it does not draw attention away from a page's overall presentation. The traditional version, a scrambled passage derived from Cicero, has been used since the 1960s, and possibly centuries before. Some versions include extra letters that were uncommon in Latin, such as z and k. What did the original text mean? More...
This Day in History

The Virginia Tech Massacre (2007)

The Virginia Tech massacre was the deadliest peacetime shooting episode in US history by a single gunman. Seung-Hui Cho, the perpetrator, had a long history of mental illness when he enrolled at Virginia Tech University and was, in 2005, declared mentally ill by a Virginia court and ordered to seek treatment. Sixteen months later, Cho, in two separate attacks hours apart, shot and killed 32 people at the university and then himself. What did he do in the time between the two shooting sprees? More...
Today's Birthday

Mercier "Merce" Philip Cunningham (1919)

Cunningham was an American modern dancer and choreographer. He studied with Martha Graham, presented his first work in 1942, and formed his own company in 1953. His innovative dances were set to the music of avant-garde composers, including his longtime partner, John Cage. He was known for collaborating with contemporary artists, including Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, who created sets and costumes for him. In 2003, his Split Sides featured music by what two experimental rock bands? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

have (something) on

To be busy or engaged with something; to have plans to do something at a particular point in time. More...
Today's Holiday

Margrethe's Birthday (2020)

The birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b. 1940) is observed in the capital city of Copenhagen, where people congregate in the courtyard of Amalienborg, the royal palace. Carrying small Danish flags, children cheer and sing for the Queen, refusing to go home until she comes out to greet them. She often appears on the balcony at lunchtime and makes a speech, which is followed by a changing of the Royal Guard in its scarlet dress uniforms. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: resting

lotus position - Sitting with the feet resting on the thighs. More...

resting - A kind adjective for "between acting jobs." More...

superincumbent - Means "on the surface of" or "lying or resting upon." More...

couchant - Describing a cat sitting with its body resting on its legs and its head raised. More...

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