Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 20, 2021)
Word of the Day

thwack

Definition:(verb) Deliver a hard blow to.
Synonyms:smack
Usage: Frustrated at being unable to fix it, Dad thwacked the engine, and it started right up.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is formed by using a form of the auxiliary verb "have" along with "been" and the present participle of the "main" verb. The present perfect continuous is very close in meaning to how we use the present perfect tense. How do they differ? More...
Article of the Day

Installation Art

The 1960s and 70s ushered in a period of radical experimentation that touched many aspects of popular culture, particularly contemporary art. During that time, happenings, the Fluxus movement, the conceptual art movement, and installation art—site-specific art incorporating materials or physical features from its environment—all emerged on the scene. Which 19th-century composer developed a multimedia art form that can be seen as a precursor to the modern installation art movement? More...
This Day in History

US President Lincoln Signs Homestead Act into Law (1862)

The Homestead Act was a federal law that sought to shape the American West by populating it with farmers. The act provided for the transfer of 160 acres of unoccupied public land to each homesteader at $1.25 an acre after six months of residence or for a nominal fee after five years. However, the generous law became subject to fraud and corporate abuse. The settlers did not fare much better, given the harsh land and arid conditions out West. Who was the last person to take advantage of the law? More...
Today's Birthday

Cher (1946)

In a career spanning almost 50 years, Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known as Cher, has established herself as an enduring pop culture icon and one of the most popular female artists in music history. Cher first rose to prominence in the 1960s as one half of the pop duo Sonny and Cher. In 1965, their first hit, "I Got You Babe," topped US and UK charts. Cher went on to become an accomplished solo artist as well as a TV and film actress. What was the biggest-selling single of her career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Two people, when they love each other, grow alike in their tastes and habits and pride, but their moral natures ... are never welded. The base one goes on being base, and the noble one noble, to the end.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

take the weight off (one's) feet

To lie or (especially) sit down, generally after being upright for a long period of time. More...
Today's Holiday

Mecklenburg Independence Day (2022)

The citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, like to think that their ancestors were the first to call for independence from the British when they adopted the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. But historians now believe that the resolutions calling for independence were never actually presented there. Even though the Mecklenburg patriots may not have been the first to declare their independence from British rule, their actions represent an important step on the road to the American Revolution. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prune

amputate - Comes from Latin ambi, "around," and putare, "to prune, trim." More...

dried plum - Another name for a prune. More...

preen - Generally thought to be an alteration of prune, "cut branches." More...

purge - To purge a tree is to prune it; to purge a candle is to snuff it. More...

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