Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 4, 2017)
Word of the Day

hypnotic

Definition:(adjective) Attracting and holding interest as if by a spell.
Synonyms:mesmeric, mesmerizing, spellbinding
Usage: For a moment she tore her gaze from the hypnotic fascination of that awful face and breathed a last prayer to her God.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Negative Adverbs

Negative adverbs and negative adverbials are used to modify the meaning of a verb, adjective, other adverb, or entire clause in a negative way. What are double negatives? More...
Article of the Day

Tears

Human beings produce three basic types of tears: basal tears, which lubricate the eye to keep it clear of dust; reflex tears, which wash out irritants, like onion vapors, that come into contact with the eye; and psychic tears, which result from strong emotions or physical pain and have a different chemical makeup than those created for lubrication. Though tearing as an emotional reaction is considered by many to be a uniquely human phenomenon, some studies suggest that what animals cry too? More...
This Day in History

The Little Rock School Crisis (1957)

On this day in 1957, Arkansas Governor Orville Faubus ordered the National Guard to prevent nine African-American students from entering Central High School in Little Rock. His actions defied the US Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which called for the racial desegregation of public schools. US President Dwight D. Eisenhower responded by sending federal troops to enforce integration and protect the students. What did Faubus do the next year to disrupt integration? More...
Today's Birthday

François-René de Chateaubriand (1768)

Chateaubriand was a French political leader, diplomat, and writer and is considered the "father of French romanticism." His René, a tragic love story with autobiographical touches, exemplifies the characteristically evocative language of romantic fiction. The Genius of Christianity won him the favor of Napoleon, who rewarded him with political assignments. However, Chateaubriand soon became disillusioned and aligned himself with the anti-Bonapartists. Why did he shift his stance? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mother as a social servant instead of a home servant will not lack in true mother duty. From her work, loved and honored though it is, she will return to her home life, the child life, with an eager, ceaseless pleasure, cleansed of all the fret and fraction and weariness that so mar it now.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)

Idiom of the Day

blow (one's) stack

To become very angry, often quickly. More...
Today's Holiday

Limassol Wine Festival (2022)

This event is an annual celebration of the wine of Cyprus, lasting nearly two weeks and held in the Municipal Gardens of Limassol, the center of the wine-making industry. Wineries there compete to create the most original and decorative booths, and every evening pour out from barrels free samples of their wine. People sitting at picnic tables may watch exhibits of traditional wine pressing. There are also musical, theatrical, and dance performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unexpected

visit, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence. More...

October surprise - An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes. More...

off the wall - Alludes to squash or handball, when a shot comes off the wall at an unexpected or erratic angle. More...

wrong-foot - To disconcert by doing something unexpected. More...

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