Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 22, 2015)
Word of the Day

lanceolate

Definition:(adjective) Tapering from a rounded base toward an apex.
Synonyms:lancelike
Usage: The bush had lanceolate leaves with sharp tips that could sting unwary passersby.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Objects

Grammatical objects are nouns or pronouns that complete the meaning of verbs and prepositions. What is an indirect object? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Gatsby

Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, an American novelist of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby is today considered standard reading in high school courses on American literature. It tells the story of a bootlegger whose obsessive dream of wealth and lost love is destroyed by a corrupt reality. Cynical yet poignant, the novel is a devastating portrait of the so-called American Dream, which measures success and love in terms of money. What other titles did Fitzgerald consider for this novel? More...
This Day in History

The "Miracle on Ice" (1980)

Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players. Who scored the decisive goal in the game, allowing the US to go on to the gold-medal game against Finland? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)

An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers. Schopenhauer was heavily influenced by what Hindu texts? More...
Quotation of the Day
I believe that if one always looked at the skies, one would end up with wings.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

yap, yap, yapping all day long

Talking nonstop, especially about insignificant things. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Lucia Independence Day (2018)

The West Indies island of St. Lucia celebrates its national independence holiday on February 22. On that day in 1979 the country gained full independence from Britain. St. Lucia had been a British Colony since 1814. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: opera

opera - Actually the Latin plural of opus, "labor, work." More...

prima donna - Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834. More...

primo vomo - The principal male singer in an opera. More...

soap opera - Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927). More...

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