Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

humdrum

Definition:(adjective) Lacking variety or excitement; dull.
Synonyms:unglamorous, commonplace, prosaic
Usage: So here I shall end my days; and I must say, Dorothy, my dear, that you are very foolish to go back into that stupid, humdrum world again.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Limit information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. When we want to emphasize information that presents limits, we use focusing adverbs like "alone" and "only." What are other focusing adverbs that emphasize limits? More...
Article of the Day

The Freedom Rides

After the US Supreme Court ruled in the case of Boynton v. Virginia (1960) that racial segregation in public transportation is illegal, civil rights activists organized the Freedom Rides, in which interracial groups of participants rode public transportation in the southern US to challenge local laws enforcing segregation. Though many riders were beaten and arrested, people continued to join the campaign, propelling it forward. How else did the riders protest racial discrimination? More...
This Day in History

Imperial Japanese Navy Sinks Two British Warships (1941)

Japanese aggression in late 1941 prompted Britain to send two of their largest warships—HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse—to the Pacific as a deterrent. However, war in the Pacific escalated with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. Three days later, Japanese forces destroyed the Prince of Wales and Repulse near Singapore. The warships were the first sunk by aircraft while at sea. How did British Prime Minister Winston Churchill react to the sinkings? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787)

A promising student with varied interests, Gallaudet earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale, after which he attended seminary and became a preacher. However, upon meeting 9-year-old Alice Cogswell, the deaf daughter of a neighbor, his interests turned to education of the deaf. He traveled to Europe to study the latest methods, including sign language, and returned to found the first American free school for the deaf. Who founded the university for the deaf named for Gallaudet? More...
Quotation of the Day
The freedom of the press should be inviolate.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

lipstick on a pig

Some superficial or cosmetic change to something so that it seems more attractive, appealing, or successful than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Thailand Constitution Day (2018)

In 1932, Thailand's absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional monarchy. King Rama VII oversaw the transfer of power. Under the newly instituted constitution of that time, the monarchy remained in place and the king was designated the head of state. Thailand has had a series of 18 constitutions or charters since 1932, the latest one being adopted in 2007. Each has allowed for a constitutional monarchy with greater or lesser power. Celebrations on Constitution Day involve the people thanking the monarchy for granting them a chance to take part in running the country. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hue

value, chroma, hue - A color's value is its brightness, its chroma is its strength, and its hue is its position in the spectrum. More...

tone - A color variation with more variations than a shade—having to do with the value of a hue or its chroma. More...

Munsell - A.H. Munsell was a U.S. painter (1858-1918) who developed a color classification system for chroma, hue, and value. More...

pure color - A color or hue that is unmixed with other hues. More...

In the News

The Genetic Divide Between NYC's Uptown And Downtown Rats

The Empire State building, pizza and Broadway are just a few things synonymous with New York City — and then there's the rats. Like many other major metropolitan areas, New York City has a rat problem. But that doesn't mean that all the rats are the ... More...
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