Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

artistry

Definition:(noun) A superior skill that one can learn by study and practice and observation.
Synonyms:prowess, art
Usage: They were wrought to such a pitch of nervous dread by the uncanny artistry of their witch-doctor, they were helpless with terror.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns of Address

Nouns of address (also known as vocatives, nominatives of address, or nouns of direct address) identify the person or group being directly spoken to. Like interjections, they are grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence—that is, they don’t modify or affect any other part of it. Instead, they are used to let the listener or reader know who you are addressing, or to do what? More...
Article of the Day

Eartha Kitt

Kitt, whose career as an actress, singer, and cabaret star has spanned nearly 6 decades, was born to an African-American and Cherokee mother and a Caucasian father during a time when laws prohibiting miscegenation, or interracial marriage, were still in place. Kitt's first starring role was in Orson Welles' production of Dr. Faustus, but she is best known for her role as Catwoman in the 1960s TV series Batman. What oft-covered Christmas song is Kitt famous for having recorded? More...
This Day in History

Westminster Abbey Is Consecrated (1065)

The first church built on the site of what is now Westminster Abbey is believed to date from the early 7th century. Around 1050, King Edward the Confessor began rebuilding it. A week after the consecration of the new church, he died. William the Conqueror then launched the Norman invasion and, a year later, was crowned at Westminster Abbey—which would later house Edward's shrine. Nearly every British sovereign since then has been crowned in the abbey. What do they sit on during the coronation? More...
Today's Birthday

Dhirubhai Ambani (1932)

Ambani was born in rural Gujarat, India, to a family of modest means. As a youth, he worked in Yemen, then returned to India to found Reliance Industries. Originally an importer of synthetics, Ambani went into textile production, establishing his Vimal brand as a household name in India. As the company diversified into chemicals and power, he became a billionaire. At his death, his sons inherited one of the largest companies in India—but squabbled over ownership. How was the conflict resolved? More...
Quotation of the Day
The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

live paycheck to paycheck

To spend all of the money one earns by or before the next time one is paid, thus saving none or very little in the process. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Holy Innocents' Day (2017)

Also known as Innocents' Day or Childermas, this day commemorates the massacre of all the male children two years and under in Bethlehem as ordered by King Herod, who hoped that the infant Jesus would be among them. This day has long been regarded as unlucky—particularly for getting married or undertaking any important task. But over the years in some countries it has become a day when children play pranks on their elders. In Mexico, Childermas is the equivalent of April Fools' Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: outline

write - From Proto Germanic writanan, "tear, scratch." More...

curriculum, syllabus - A curriculum is a complete course of study offered by a school; a syllabus is the outline of a single course. More...

profile - Literally "draw in outline" or "shown by a thread," from Latin pro, "forth," and filum, "thread." More...

scarify - From Greek skariphasthai, "to scratch an outline," it now means "to break up the surface of." More...

In the News

Bacteria that Resist "Last Antibiotic" in UK

Bacteria that resist the antibiotic of last resort - colistin - have been discovered in the UK. Officials say the threat to human health is low, but is under ongoing review. Scientists warned the world was on the cusp of a post-antibiotic era when such ... More...
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