Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

refutation

Definition:(noun) The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions.
Synonyms:defense
Usage: His refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Functions of Other Demonstrative Pronouns

The less commonly used demonstrative pronouns are "none," "such," and "neither." "None" and "such" can be used as both singular and plural demonstrative pronouns, although there is debate as to whether "none" can denote plurality. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Dancehall

Dancehall is a style of music that developed in Jamaican dance halls in the late 1970s and incorporates hip-hop and rhythm and blues elements. Central to the music is the deejay, who sings or raps rhythmic, rapid-fire vocal lines over instrumental tracks that generally consist of a drum pattern and prominent bass. The often profane, misogynistic, violent, and homophobic lyrics of dancehall music have aroused much controversy. How did dancehall influence fashion trends in Jamaica? More...
This Day in History

The Beer Hall Putsch (1923)

Years before Adolf Hitler rose to power, he led an unsuccessful insurrection against the Weimar Republic. It began when he and his men stormed a right-wing political meeting in a Munich beer hall and coerced its leaders to join in his "revolution." The next day, some 3,000 Nazis marched in Munich. When police responded with deadly force, the putsch was abandoned. Hitler's treason earned him a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served only 8 months. How did he pass the time while incarcerated? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Rorschach (1884)

Rorschach, a Swiss psychiatrist, devised his eponymous inkblot test to gauge the perceptions, intelligence, and emotional traits of his patients and used it to gather data for his 1921 book Psychodiagnostics. Based on the idea that people project their unconscious thoughts onto stimuli, the controversial test requires an individual to look at a series of inkblots one at a time and report what he or she sees in each of them. What was Rorschach's surprisingly prescient childhood nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whence come the highest mountains? ... They come out of the sea. That testimony is inscribed on their stones, and on the walls of their summits. Out of the deepest must the highest come to its height.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Saints and Martyrs Day (2018)

Since the Reformation the Church of England has not added saints to its calendar. Although there have certainly been many candidates for sainthood over the past 450 years, and many martyrs who have given their lives as foreign missionaries, the Church of England has not canonized them, although a few are commemorated on special days. Instead, since 1928 it has set aside November 8, exactly one week after All Saints' Day, to commemorate "the unnamed saints of the nation." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shop

chippy - A shop that sells fish and chips can be called a chippy. More...

odditorium - A shop for oddities or oddments (broken parts or parts of once-complete sets). More...

shop, store - At first, shop designated a small retail establishment and store was applied only to a large establishment; now the differences are blurred. More...

stationer - A bookseller who had a regular "station" or shop at a university, unlike most booksellers, who were itinerant vendors. More...

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