Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 19, 2015)
Word of the Day

procurator

Definition:(noun) One authorized to manage the affairs of another; an agent.
Synonyms:proxy, placeholder
Usage: The wealthy businessman's procurator arrived at the auction to bid on his behalf.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Proper Adjectives

Proper adjectives, like all adjectives, modify nouns, but they are different from other adjectives because they are actually formed from proper nouns. Why are proper adjectives typically used? More...
Article of the Day

Hickam Air Force Base

Hickam Air Force Base is a US Air Force base located in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 2,850 acres (12 sq km) of land. It boasts facilities valued at more than $444 million. During World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, it served as a major center for training pilots and assembling aircraft. The base supported flights to and from the forward areas, which earned it the nickname "America's Bridge Across the Pacific." When Japanese troops bombed Pearl Harbor, what happened to Hickam Air Force Base? More...
This Day in History

Garfield Debuts (1978)

When Garfield debuted in 1978, the comic strip appeared in just 41 newspapers. Today, Jim Davis's strip about a lazy, sarcastic cat and his lonely owner, Jon Arbuckle, is syndicated in more than 2,500 papers with a readership of more than 200 million people. The feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays has spawned books, movies, and merchandise, which are sold in more than 100 countries and earn nearly $1 billion each year. How have Internet artists altered the strip in unusual ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More...
Quotation of the Day
The novelist must learn to write, and then he must unlearn it; just as the modern painter learns to draw, and then learns when utterly to disregard his accomplishment, when to subordinate it to a higher and truer effect.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Petersburg White Nights Festival (2020)

This celebration marks the time of year in St. Petersburg, Russia, when the nights are so short that the sky appears white, or light grey, and twilight lasts only 30 or 40 minutes. The city, with its many buildings painted in pastel shades of lavender, green, pink, and yellow, has a particularly beautiful charm during the white nights. The city is full of various events to celebrate this summer twilight. The Mariinsky Theatre presents a special program of ballets, operas, and symphonic concerts. There is also a chamber music festival and an international jazz festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: try

beseech - First meant "search for, try to obtain." More...

emulate - Means "try to equal or surpass, especially by copying." More...

experience, experiment, expert - Experience, experiment and expert derive from Latin experiri, "try." More...

quorum - First the genitive plural of Latin qui, "who," it originally referred to the "number of justices who need be present to try a case." More...

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