Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

escarp

Definition:(noun) A steep artificial slope in front of a fortification.
Synonyms:protective embankment
Usage: Instead of trying to breach the escarp, the army encircled the fortress, planning to starve out the inhabitants above.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs (also called helping verbs) are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. What are the three primary auxiliary verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Weasel Words

"Weasel words" are words that are intended to, or have the effect of, softening the force of a potentially loaded or controversial statement. The term was coined by Stewart Chaplin in a 1900 short story and invokes the image of a sneaky weasel wriggling its way out of tight spaces in the same way that these words subtly redirect attention. One example of weasel words is the phrase "headcount reduction," which is used in the corporate world as a euphemism for what distasteful course of action? More...
This Day in History

Millions Participate in Hands Across America (1986)

Hands Across America was a massive, heavily publicized fundraiser during which millions of people, including scores of celebrities and politicians, lined up in the hopes of forming a human chain stretching from New York to California. Though they did not succeed in this regard—there were many gaps along the way—the event raised $20 million. Had all of the participants actually given the $10 required donation, it would have reached its $50-million goal. For what cause was the money raised? More...
Today's Birthday

Beverly Sills (1929)

Sills was an American operatic soprano. She sang on the radio as a child and made her operatic debut in 1946. Her 1966 performance in Julius Caesar made her an opera star, not just for her voice, but also for her acting. After 25 years of singing with the New York City Opera, she became its director, and she also served as chairman of the board of New York's Lincoln Center and of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2006, she claimed to have stopped singing, even in the shower, for what reason? More...
Quotation of the Day
The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

(not) half the person/man/woman (one) used to be

Having a reduced, diminished, or weakened physique, disposition, conviction, prowess, or mental acuity, as after some action, event, or trauma. Sometimes used in the negative but to the same effect. More...
Today's Holiday

General Clinton Canoe Regatta (2020)

Originally a re-creation of the historic trip down the Susquehanna River by General James Clinton during the Revolutionary War, this well-known canoe regatta now has three divisions, one for professionals and two for amateurs. The professional race is the longest one-day race of its kind and covers a 70-mile stretch of the river between Cooperstown and Bainbridge, New York. The regatta extends for three and a half days over the Memorial Day weekend. In addition to the races, a carnival and many other activities for spectators are held at General Clinton Park. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: musical instrument

piano word - One in which all of its letters can be played as notes on a musical instrument (e.g. cabbage). More...

cord, chord - Cord comes from Greek khorde, "gut, string of a musical instrument," and chord is a refashioning of cord. More...

sweet potato - An informal name for the ocarina, a musical instrument. More...

tone color - The same as timbre, the quality of sound that distinguishes one voice or musical instrument from another. More...

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