Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

ideate

Definition:(verb) Form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case.
Synonyms:conceive of, envisage, imagine
Usage: Such characters represent a grotesquely blown-up aspect of an ideal man ... if not realizable, capable of being ideated.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Pronouns as the Subject

Pronouns stand in for a person or thing we are speaking about or referring to; they are used to avoid repetition in speech or writing. When the personal pronouns in the subjective case act as substitutes for the subject of the clause or sentence, what are they known as? More...
Article of the Day

Jesse James

James was an outlaw who became a legendary figure in American folklore. After the Civil War, he and a number of other former Confederate guerillas banded together to rob banks, trains, and stagecoaches across several states. He was later betrayed by fellow bandit Robert Ford, who shot him in 1882 in order to receive a $10,000 reward. Despite the fact that James is thought to have shot 15 people, his exploits led to a number of romanticized legends, including rumors that he survived until when? More...
This Day in History

Toy Story, First Feature-Length Computer-Generated Film, Is Released (1995)

Released to universal acclaim, Toy Story was the first feature-length computer-generated film, as well as the first such film from Pixar Studios. Steve Jobs had purchased Pixar in 1986, but the company had yet to find its niche. When its 1988 short film Tin Toy won an Oscar, Disney took notice, and the two companies soon formed a partnership that would prove to be extremely successful, beginning with the release of Toy Story. What popular toy was cut from the original plot? More...
Today's Birthday

André Gide (1869)

A prolific and unconventional French writer, Gide was controversial for his confessional works, his frank defense of homosexuality, and his espousal of Communism—and subsequent disavowal of it after a visit to the Soviet Union. A champion of society's victims, he spurred reform of French colonial policy in Africa with books such as Travels in the Congo. In one of his most famous quotes, Gide advised that one should believe those who seek the truth and reserve doubt for whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Congratulation, n.: The civility of envy.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

in no circumstances

Never; in no case or situation; irrespective of events or conditions. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Cecilia's Day (2017)

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: railway

Main Line - The principal line of a railway (1841), it also has the meaning "affluent area of residence" (1930s), originally that of Philadelphia, from the "main line" of the Pennsylvania Railroad, which added local stops to a string of backwater towns west of the city in late 19th century that helped turn them into fashionable suburbs. More...

one-track mind - Is a reference to the railway. More...

railway - The word was first recorded in 1776, but the first actual railway opened nearly 50 years later, in 1825. More...

sidetrack - First used for a railway siding or a minor track or path. More...

In the News

Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois. Chemists have used such carefully ... More...
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