Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

dissonance

Definition:(noun) The auditory experience of sound that lacks musical quality; sound that is a disagreeable auditory experience.
Synonyms:noise, racket
Usage: Maddening church bells of all degrees of dissonance, sharp and flat, cracked and clear, fast and slow, made the brick-and-mortar echoes hideous.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect Tense with "For" and "Since"

In English, we use the present perfect simple with the prepositions "for" and "since" when we speak about something that started in the past and is still true now. "For" is used to specify the duration of time leading up to the present. When is "since" used? More...
Article of the Day

Tics

Also called "habit spasms," tics are involuntary, compulsive, rapid, repetitive movements like blinking and shoulder shrugging or vocalizations that include grunts, barks, and other utterances. Their expression may be somewhat controlled, but much like an itch that must be scratched, sufferers ultimately feel impelled to go through with them. Stress has been known to exacerbate tics. What symptom of Tourette syndrome, one type of tic disorder, has been highly publicized but is relatively rare? More...
This Day in History

The Apalachin Meeting (1957)

The Apalachin Meeting was a summit of some 100 Mafiosi from the US, Canada, and Italy that was raided after their fancy cars and out-of-state license plates aroused the suspicions of law enforcement agents in Apalachin, New York. Fifty-eight Mafiosi, including bosses Carlo Gambino and Vito Genovese, were detained. Perhaps the most significant consequence of the raid was that it confirmed the American Mafia's existence, a fact that had long been denied by what prominent law enforcement official? More...
Today's Birthday

Aaron Copland (1900)

Famously public-spirited and generous, Copland came to be unofficially regarded as the US's national composer. Although his earliest works show European influences, the American character of the greater part of his compositions is evident in his use of jazz and American folk tunes. He is best known for his three ballets based on American folk material: Billy the Kid, Rodeo, and Appalachian Spring, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. For what films did Copland compose music? More...
Quotation of the Day
Strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

fresh-faced

Of or having an appearance of health, vitality, and/or youthfulness. More...
Today's Holiday

Plebeian Games (2019)

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, one of whose feast days was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing and wrestling. The first nine days of the festival (November 4-12) were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tails

comet - Has a tail, and gets its name from Greek kometes, "long-haired star." More...

bangs - The practice of cutting horses' tails the same length was called "banging off," which led to this term for a woman's hairstyle. More...

soup-and-fish - Refers to the attire of white tie and tails. More...

tailgate - Originally a gate that dropped down at the tail of a wagon. More...

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