Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

baneful

Definition:(adjective) Causing harm, ruin, or death; harmful.
Synonyms:pernicious, pestilent, deadly
Usage: He instructed him in the poisonous qualities of arsenic, and furnished him with an ample supply of that baneful drug.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Perfective and Imperfective Aspect

The perfective aspect highlights actions, states, or events as a whole. The imperfective aspect is used when we focus on the internal structures of an action. What is the continuous aspect? More...
Article of the Day

Special Effects

Often relied upon heavily in the science fiction and action genres, special effects are techniques used in film and television to portray scenes that cannot be achieved by normal means, such as space travel. Common examples are the use of rear-screen projections, in which previously photographed material is projected behind the actors; the filming of miniature objects in such a way as to make them look larger; and the use of animation. What are "live" special effects? More...
This Day in History

Royal Greenwich Observatory Begins Broadcasting Hourly Time Signals (1924)

The Greenwich Time Signal, popularly known as "the pips," is a series of six short tones broadcast by many BBC radio stations at the end of each hour to mark the precise start of the following hour. Devised by Astronomer Royal Frank Dyson in 1924, the signal consists of six pips that occur on the five seconds leading up to the hour, with the beginning of the sixth pip marking the actual moment when the hour changes. After nearly 90 years of marking time, why might the pips soon be silenced? More...
Today's Birthday

Adlai Ewing Stevenson (1900)

Stevenson was an American politician and lawyer. After serving as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy during WWII and as a member of the US mission to the UN, he was elected governor of Illinois in 1949. Later in his career, he served as ambassador to the UN. Noted for his eloquence and wit, he was the Democratic candidate for president in 1952 and 1956 but lost to Eisenhower both times by a large margin. His grandfather of the same name served as vice president during whose administration? More...
Quotation of the Day
Who can look down upon the grave even of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb, that he should ever have warred with the poor handful of earth that lies moldering before him?

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

Were you born in a tent?

Have you no basic manners? (Usually said after someone has left open a door to the outside.) More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Johan Runeberg (2018)

Johan Ludvig Runeberg (1804-1877) is widely regarded as Finland's greatest poet. Schools throughout Finland are closed on Runeberg's birthday. Busts and pictures of him are displayed in shop windows, particularly in Helsinki. A special ceremony is observed at Runeberg's monument in the Esplanade, where his statue is decorated with garlands of pine and spruce, suspended between four huge torches. At night the torches are lit, and lighted candles burn in the windows of houses and apartments. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: presence

hoodoo - A person who practices voodoo; the word also describes a person or thing whose presence is supposed to bring bad luck. More...

al fresco - Implies the presence of some nearby structure (one does not hike al fresco). More...

pyrosis - Heartburn is actually pyrosis, caused by the presence of gastric secretions, called reflux, in the lower esophagus. More...

evince - To indicate, to reveal the presence of a quality or feeling. More...

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