Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 30, 2014)
Word of the Day

oppress

Definition:(verb) Come down on or keep down by unjust use of one's authority.
Synonyms:crush, suppress
Usage: If you are a tyrant by nature, the temptation is strong, I allow; but no generous mind delights to oppress the weak, but rather to cherish.
Article of the Day

"Shibboleth"

An easy way to get a sense of whether or not someone is a musical insider is to have him say the word "timbre." This is because musicians generally pronounce the first syllable of that word differently than non-musicians. "Timbre" is therefore a shibboleth—a word whose pronunciation can be used to distinguish between groups. The word has its origins in the Bible, which recounts the killing of 42,000 fugitive soldiers identified by their pronunciation of "shibboleth." How did they say it? More...
This Day in History

Casey Jones Dies on the Cannonball Express (1900)

Jones was an American locomotive engineer whose main claim to fame, until his fateful run on the Cannonball Express, was his punctuality. On April 30, 1900, he was driving the Cannonball Express south on a dangerous, accident-prone run when he suddenly saw a stalled freight train ahead. Instead of jumping to safety, he stayed to slow his train, saving his coworkers and passengers but losing his own life in the process. Who wrote the ballad that immortalized him as a folk hero? More...
Today's Birthday

Willie Nelson (1933)

Nelson is an American musician who helped create the blues-rock-country genre known as "outlaw music." In his five-decade career, he has made more than 200 recordings. In the 1960s, he became a successful songwriter in Nashville but was not recognized for his own singing until he moved back to Texas and adopted the unique image that made him an icon. He is known for raising money to aid farmers and for his generous appearances at benefit concerts. What hit song did he write for Patsy Cline? More...
Quotation of the Day
Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

in(to) shape

In good, robust health; strong or fit. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberation Day (Vietnam) (2017)

On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War officially came to an end as communist North Vietnamese tanks rolled onto the grounds of the Presidential Palace in the South Vietnamese capital city of Saigon. The Vietnamese hold celebrations throughout the month of April that culminate on April 30th, when the entire nation celebrates the final victory in Saigon (now named Ho Chi Minh City). In Ho Chi Minh City, there are military parades featuring marching bands and Vietnam War veterans. Fireworks are shot off to mark the hour when the South Vietnamese government officially surrendered. More...
In the News

Death Toll Rises with Second Day of Tornadoes in US

At least 34 people have been killed in the southern and midwestern US in two consecutive days of ferocious tornado outbreaks. Twisters cut through at least half a dozen states, flattening homes and businesses in their paths. The storm outbreak began on Sunday, on the three-year anniversary of a historic US tornado outbreak that claimed more than 250 lives in Alabama. Those affected have begun sifting through the wreckage, but they must remain vigilant, as the severe weather is expected to last through Wednesday and could bring with it more deadly twisters. More...
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