Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

embezzle

Definition:(verb) To take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.
Synonyms:defalcate, malversate, misappropriate, peculate
Usage: The director embezzled $34 million in company funds before he was caught.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjunctive Mood - Expressing Wishes

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. How do we generally construct these sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Black Pudding

Black pudding is a type of sausage made by cooking blood with a filler—often meat, fat, or bread—until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled. Called blood sausage in North America, the dish is prepared in many different ways throughout the world, often using pig or cattle blood. It can be eaten uncooked but is often grilled or boiled in its skin. Black pudding is usually served as part of a traditional full breakfast in the United Kingdom and Ireland, along with white pudding, which is what? More...
This Day in History

First Pan American Games Are Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1951)

The Pan American Games is a multi-sport event open to competitors from all nations of the Western Hemisphere. Patterned after the Olympic Games and sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, the games are held every four years in the year preceding the Summer Olympic Games. Argentina took home more medals than any other country in the first Pan American Games, however, the US has since become the overall medal leader, with a current total of 3,915. Who lights the Pan American torch? More...
Today's Birthday

George Harrison (1943)

Harrison was a British rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter, best known as a member of the Beatles from 1962 to 1970. Although John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the Beatles' main songwriters, Harrison, "the quiet Beatle," generally wrote or sang lead on a few songs per album. His later compositions included hits such as "Here Comes the Sun" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." After the band's breakup, Harrison released what song that became the first number-one single by an ex-Beatle? More...
Quotation of the Day
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

you look a little peaked

You look ill, especially as if you might vomit. More...
Today's Holiday

Ayyam-i-Ha (2019)

Also known as Days of Ha, the Ayyam-i-Ha are intercalary days (extra days inserted in a calendar) in the Baha'i calendar. The calendar is made up of 19 months of 19 days, plus the period of four days added between the 18th and 19th months, which allows for the year to be adjusted to the solar cycle. The days are set aside for rejoicing, hospitality, gift-giving, special acts of charity, and spiritually preparing for the Baha'i fast from March 2-20. The new calendar was inaugurated by Mirza Ali Mohammad, known as the Bab, founder of the Babi religion from which the Baha'i faith emerged. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: melody

grace note - An extra note for embellishment, not necessary for the harmony or melody. More...

absolute music, abstract music, pure music - Absolute music (abstract music, pure music) is music for its own sake—concerned only with structure, melody, harmony, and rhythm. More...

air - An expressive succession of musical sounds—a melody or tune. More...

melody - From Greek melos, "song," its early sense was "sweet music." More...

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