Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

admixture

Definition:(noun) An additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base.
Synonyms:intermixture
Usage: The flowers flourished in the new growing medium, a nutrient-rich soil comprised of equal parts sand and loam with an admixture of peat moss and cow manure.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Inflection (Accidence)

Inflection (also known as accidence or flection) is the way in which a word is changed or altered in form in order to achieve a new, specific meaning. What is declension? More...
Article of the Day

Headhunting

Headhunting, the act of removing, displaying, and, in some cases, preserving human heads, has been practiced worldwide and may date to Paleolithic times. Though the practice was sometimes linked to certain forms of cannibalism and human sacrifice, its primary function was often ceremonial and was part of the process of reinforcing hierarchical relationships between communities and individuals. Which troops were said to regularly collect the skulls of enemy soldiers during World War II? More...
This Day in History

Korean War Veterans Memorial Dedicated (1995)

The Korean War Memorial is located on the US National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool in Washington, DC. Dedicated on the 42nd anniversary of the armistice ending the war, the memorial honors the American men and women who served in the conflict. The memorial is laid out in the form of a triangle intersecting a circle. Within the triangle are 19 statues of military personnel, representing a squad on patrol in the Korean landscape. A granite wall nearby bears what message? More...
Today's Birthday

Hilaire Belloc (1870)

Belloc was an important English author in the early 20th century. A highly versatile writer, he is best remembered for his light verse, particularly for children, and for his lucid and graceful essays. He wrote from the Roman Catholic viewpoint, and his views on Protestantism and Islam, which he called major heresies and threats to the "Church Universal," made him a somewhat controversial figure. What was Belloc's rather tongue-in-cheek response to the question of why he wrote so prolifically? More...
Quotation of the Day
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

white coat hypertension

A phenomenon in which a patient experiences elevated blood pressure around medical professionals. More...
Today's Holiday

Marlboro Music Festival (2022)

It was the noted violinist Adolf Busch who came up with the idea of establishing a community for musicians that would free them from the pressures and restrictions of concert life. Every summer since 1951, artists from all over the world have gathered in Marlboro, Vermont, to exchange musical ideas. The Marlboro Music School, which holds an eight-week session each summer, is primarily a place where students can study contemporary and classical chamber music. During the festival, the general public has an opportunity to hear the results of their collaborations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: special

artificial language - An invented language, as opposed to a hereditary one, intended for a special use, as in international communication, a secret society, or computer programming. More...

auspicious, propitious - Auspicious implies success in the future, while propitious means favorable conditions are present; auspicious means promising or of good omen—not just special or memorable. More...

niche product - A product that is made and marketed for use in a small and specialized but profitable market. More...

ballotin - A special decorative box for chocolates. More...

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