Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 7, 2020)
Word of the Day

chaparral

Definition:(noun) Dense vegetation consisting of stunted trees or bushes.
Synonyms:scrub, bush
Usage: Only the canyons were wooded, while the higher and more distant hills were furry with chaparral.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the "simple present tense") is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Most verbs in the present simple tense are in the same form as what? More...
Article of the Day

Latinxua Sin Wenz

Latinxua Sin Wenz was the not the first system for transliterating Chinese using the Latin alphabet, but it was the first to be widely used by native speakers. It was developed in the late 1920s and early 30s in the USSR, where it was employed by Chinese immigrants. It then spread to Northwestern China, where it became an important tool for promoting literacy. More than 300 publications utilized Latinxua Sin Wenz before it fell out of use. What important feature of Chinese languages did it omit? More...
This Day in History

Tupac Shakur Is Shot (1996)

In 1996, Shakur, an American rap star and actor, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting while stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas strip. He died six days later. The 25-year-old Shakur had been involved in a violent rivalry between the East and West Coast rap scenes and had survived another shooting less than two years earlier. His killer has never been identified. However, some suspect that it was a man who had been in a public altercation with Shakur hours before the shooting—who? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacob Lawrence (1917)

Lawrence was a leading black artist who portrayed African-American life, experience, and history with vivid, stylized realism. He was only in his twenties when his series depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North thrust him into the national spotlight. His use of somber browns and black for shadows and outlines in an otherwise vibrant palette lends his work a distinctive overtone, as does his flat painting style. Where can one view his last public work? More...
Quotation of the Day
To retire is not to flee, and there is no wisdom in waiting when danger outweighs hope, and it is the part of wise men to preserve themselves to-day for to-morrow, and not risk all in one day.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

Faustian bargain

An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons their moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits. A reference to the legend of Faust, who sold his soul to the devil for unlimited knowledge and power. More...
Today's Holiday

Skipjack Races and Land Festival (2020)

A skipjack is a kind of sail-powered fishing boat that was popular in the 19th century. Around the turn of the 20th century, more than 1,000 skipjacks worked the waters off Deal Island, Maryland. By 1960, only 40 remained. It was then that local enthusiasts revived the skipjack races, which dated back to 1871, for Labor Day weekend. People from all over the state come to Deal Island harbor on that weekend to cheer on the skippers of these traditional craft and to honor the contribution that the fishing industry has made to the region's history. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: insignificant

piff - Something insignificant. More...

bee's knees - Used from 1797 for "something insignificant." More...

floccinaucinihilipilification, floccipend - Floccinaucinihilipilification is estimating or categorizing something as worthless, and floccipend means "regard as insignificant" (from Latin flocci pendere, "hold at little value"). More...

piteous, pitiable, pitiful - Piteous is generally not used when speaking of people, pitiable means "able to be pitied," and pitiful most often means "insignificant; below contempt." More...

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