Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 10, 2021)
Word of the Day

aegis

Definition:(noun) Protection.
Synonyms:auspices
Usage: Bandits dare not approach me on the roads, as I am under the imperial aegis.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements

Adverbial complements are adverbs or other adverbial elements in a clause that are required to complete the meaning of the verb. How do they differ from adverbial adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

Oneirology

People have been interpreting dreams for millennia, but the field of oneirology attempts to study them scientifically. One theory, supported by PET scan studies, suggests that dreams are a result of electrical energy that stimulates memories located in various brain regions. Current research in oneirology seeks correlations between dreams and the functions of these regions. What machine did the researchers who discovered the link between dreams and REM sleep use to measure brain activity? More...
This Day in History

France's Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Founded (1793)

The Jardin des Plantes, the main botanical garden in France, is situated near the left bank of the river Seine in Paris and is home to the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France's museum of natural history, as well as an elaborate rose garden, numerous hothouses, and a zoo. The museum is now a center for research and education. Although it was founded during the French Revolution, the museum was born out of a medicinal plant garden created by what French monarch in 1635? More...
Today's Birthday

Judy Garland (1922)

Born Frances Gumm, Garland was an American film actress considered by many to be one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood's golden age of musical film. She began her career singing in her parents' theater at an early age and later toured in vaudeville. In 1939, she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, and went on to star in numerous other movies and musicals. Her untimely death and personal tragedies have come to represent the pitfalls of stardom. Who is her famous daughter? More...
Quotation of the Day
Let a fool be made serviceable according to his folly.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

that's my girl!

An expression used to express praise and pride in what has just been done or accomplished by one's daughter, or, less often, one's girlfriend or another female with which one has a relationship of some kind. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal National Day (2022)

Also known as Camões Memorial Day and Portugal Day, this national holiday observes the death anniversary of Luís Vas de Camões (1524-1580), Portugal's national poet. His epic work, The Lusiads (1572), was based on the voyage to India of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama. This national holiday is observed with patriotic speeches, games, and costumed citizens in the capital city of Lisbon. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tune

accordion, concertina - Accordion derives from Italian accordare, "to tune," and both it and the concertina operate on the same basic principle; however, the accordion has a pianolike keyboard and is rectangular and bulky, while the concertina has buttons in headboards and is hexagonal and more portable. More...

carol - A term which originally referred to a non-religious ring dance accompanied by singing. Eventually it came to mean a merry song with a tune that could be danced to. The Italian friars who lived with St. Francis of Assisi were the first to compose Christmas carols, c. 1410. More...

lilt - Comes from a word meaning "pipe," and the noun originally meant "song, tune." More...

perseveration - The recurrence of a tune or thought in the mind. More...

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