Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

jiggle

Definition:(verb) To move or rock lightly up and down or to and fro in an unsteady, jerky manner.
Synonyms:joggle, wiggle
Usage: He jiggled the worn key in the lock and finally got the door open.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs and Tense

Stative verbs can be in the present, past, or future tense; however, because they describe static conditions, they are usually unable to progress through time, and they therefore cannot be used when forming the continuous or progressive forms of verb tenses. However, some stative verbs can be used in a continuous tense in what situations? More...
Article of the Day

An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump

Considered a masterpiece of British art, An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump is a 1768 oil-on-canvas painting by Joseph Wright. Portraying a scientific subject in the reverential manner formerly reserved for historical or religious scenes, the painting depicts a natural philosopher—a forerunner of the modern scientist—recreating an experiment in which a bird is deprived of oxygen before a group of onlookers. How does Wright effectively draw the viewer into the scene? More...
This Day in History

Star Trek Premieres (1966)

Though the original Star Trek series was cancelled in its third season, the groundbreaking show—in which William Shatner's memorable Captain Kirk leads the crew of the starship Enterprise—developed a cult following of "Trekkies." Over the next four decades, the influential science-fiction franchise spawned five more Star Trek series, more than 10 feature films, and myriad conventions. Its motto, "to boldly go where no man has gone before," may have been partially copied from what source? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Jarry (1873)

Jarry was a French writer. After exhausting the inheritance that had allowed him to move to Paris at 18, he led a life of calculated buffoonery. His 1896 farce, Ubu Roi, is considered a forerunner of theatre of the absurd and of Surrealism. It featured the grotesque Père Ubu, a repulsive and cowardly hero based on one of his former teachers. The brilliant imagery and wit of his works usually lapse into unintelligible symbolism. A heavy drinker, he died at 34. What was his last request? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

beer muscles

An inflated notion of one's strength, ego, or bravado due to excess consumption of alcohol (not necessarily beer). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Giles Fair (2020)

The St. Giles Fair, held in Oxford, England, dates back even further than Oxford University. It is the only one remaining of the five great fairs once held in Oxford, and it still occupies its original site on St. Giles Street. Today it features sports and popular amusements, including "dodgem" cars, swing-boats, and gaily painted roundabouts. Booths sell holiday foods and other merchandise, and visitors flock to the fair from throughout Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. The Fair is held on the Monday and Tuesday after the Sunday following St. Giles' feast day, September 1. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: variegated

chintz - Comes from the plural of Hindi chint, a printed Indian calico, from earlier Sanskrit chitra, "variegated." More...

moire - Having a variegated or clouded appearance, like that of watered silk. More...

variegated - Can mean "having variety in character, form, etc." More...

vary - From Latin varius, "speckled, variegated; changeable." More...

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