Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

plectrum

Definition:(noun) A small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone, or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.
Synonyms:pick
Usage: When he first struck the guitar's strings with his plectrum, we knew we were in for a great performance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Evaluative Adverbs

Evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. They modify the entire clause. What are the types of evaluative adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Seaplanes

Seaplanes are designed to take off from and land on water. The two most common types are the floatplane, whose fuselage is supported by struts attached to two or more pontoon floats, and the flying boat, whose boat-hull fuselage is constructed with the buoyancy and strength necessary to land and float on water. Seaplanes are often used by rescue organizations due to their efficiency and ability to spot and rescue survivors. The first practical seaplane was constructed and flown in what year? More...
This Day in History

First African American wins Academy Award (1940)

Hattie McDaniel was an African-American singer-songwriter, comedienne, stage actress, radio performer, and television star. She appeared in over 300 films and is best known for her role as Mammy in the iconic 1939 film Gone with the Wind, a performance that earned her the first Academy Award ever presented to an African American. McDaniel's Oscar was later lost. What are some theories about what became of it? More...
Today's Birthday

Dinah Shore (1916)

Shore was an American singer, actress, and TV personality who enjoyed widespread popularity during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 50s. She was the first singer of the era to achieve success as a solo artist, producing over 80 hit songs, including "Baby It's Cold Outside," before beginning a four-decade career in television. Shore was a hit with TV audiences as well and went on to earn nine Emmys, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Globe. How did Shore, born Frances Rose, earn the stage name Dinah? More...
Quotation of the Day
She generally gave herself very good advice (though she very seldom followed it).

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

arm candy

An especially attractive person who acts as a romantic escort or date to social events, but who is not romantically attached to or involved with the person he or she is accompanying. More...
Today's Holiday

Leap Year Day (2016)

The Earth actually takes longer than 365 days to complete its trip around the Sun—five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer, to be precise. To accommodate this discrepancy, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar at the end of February every four years. The year in which this occurs is called Leap Year, probably because the English courts did not always recognize February 29, and the date was often "leaped over" in the records. There was an old tradition that women could propose marriage to men during Leap Year. The men had to pay a forfeit if they refused. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: maintained

petite maison - A love nest or a residence maintained for a mistress. More...

standing army - A permanent army maintained in time of peace and war. More...

parochial school - A school established and maintained by a religious body, from Latin parochialis, "of a parish." More...

radio silence - A status in which all fixed or mobile radio stations in an area stop transmitting (sometimes limited to certain frequency bands) for the period of time during which this status exists. More...

In the News

Adultery No Longer a Crime in South Korea

For 62 years, if you cheated on your husband or wife in South Korea, you could end up in prison. Not anymore. South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a law that made adultery a crime, saying it violates ... More...
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