Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 11, 2021)
Word of the Day

addendum

Definition:(noun) Textual matter that is added onto a publication, usually at the end.
Synonyms:supplement, postscript
Usage: In his pocket was a bottle, carefully corked, empty save for a little roll of paper, which proved to be the addendum to the log.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Continuity Editing

Editing is a key part of the filmmaking process, as it involves cutting together different shots and scenes to form a cohesive narrative. The classical style of Hollywood cinema relies heavily on continuity editing, a style of editing that emphasizes smooth transitions in time and space in order to advance the plot in a logical, unobtrusive way. A number of techniques are typically used to achieve this, including match on action, eyeline match, and the 180° rule. What are some others? More...
This Day in History

The Mount Everest Disaster (1996)

During the spring climbing season in 1996, 15 people died trying to reach the summit of Mount Everest, making it the deadliest season in the mountain's history. Eight of the deaths occurred on a single day in May, when climbers were caught by a fierce storm. The disaster was chronicled in a number of books, including one by journalist Jon Krakauer, who was on assignment writing about the commercialization and overcrowding of Everest. What non-weather factors contributed to the deaths that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Martha Graham (1894)

In a career spanning more than half a century, American dancer and choreographer Martha Graham transformed the art of dance with her revolutionary style and choreography. Her technique became the first significant alternative to classical ballet, and her influence extended worldwide through her students, many of whom went on to become choreographers themselves. One of the foremost pioneers of modern dance, Graham was the first dancer ever to perform at the White House and to receive what honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

a stab in the back

A betrayal; an act of treachery. More...
Today's Holiday

Frost Saints' Days (2021)

These three consecutive days in May mark the feasts of St. Mammertus, St. Pancras, and St. Servatus. In the wine-growing districts of France, a severe cold spell occasionally strikes at this time of year, inflicting serious damage on the grapevines; some in rural France have believed that it is the result of their having offended one of the three saints, who for this reason are called the "frost saints." French farmers have been known to show their displeasure over a cold snap at this time of year by flogging the statues and defacing the pictures of Mammertus, Pancras, and Servatus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laugh

deride - From Latin de-, "completely," and ridere, "laugh at." More...

keak - To cackle, laugh at. More...

fleer - To laugh in a disrespectful or jeering way. More...

flizzen - To laugh with the whole face. More...

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