Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

fulsome

Definition:(adjective) Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech.
Synonyms:unctuous, buttery, oleaginous, smarmy, oily
Usage: His introduction contained such fulsome flattery that I began to wonder whether anything else he said could be trusted.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Comparative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular comparative adverbs. "Well" is an example of an irregular comparative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

The Nommo

The Nommo are ancestral spirits worshipped by the Dogon tribe of Mali. Recognized by the Dogon as the first living beings, they are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. The Nommo bear resemblance to several mythical beings from other cultures, and there are parallels between their story and that of Jesus. What details about Nommo mythology—which have since led to controversy—were reportedly revealed to two French anthropologists by the Dogon in the 1940s? More...
This Day in History

Coordinated Casablanca Bombings Kill 33 (2003)

In a single night in 2003, 12 suicide bombers detonated explosives over a short span of time at several locations in Casablanca, Morocco, including a Jewish community center, a Spanish restaurant, and the Belgian consulate. The coordinated bombings claimed 33 victims. Two terrorists were caught before they could carry out their missions, and many others were later arrested for their roles in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history. How did nine of them escape prison in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718)

Agnesi was an Italian mathematician and philosopher. A child prodigy, she mastered several languages at an early age, and her proud father often held academic gatherings at which she spoke. When she was 9, she delivered a lengthy speech in Latin on the topic of women's right to education. At 20, she withdrew from society to focus on her studies and went on to produce her noted two-volume mathematical treatise Analytical Institutions. What appointment did she later receive from the pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man in debt is so far a slave.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

the Nikon choir

The paparazzi or a large group of photojournalists, especially when actively engaged in photographing someone or something of great interest. (Refers to the Nikon brand of camera.) More...
Today's Holiday

National Family Month (2018)

National Family Month is observed during the five-week period between Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June. It was started by KidsPeace, a private, not-for-profit organization. The organization believes that such observances provide opportunities for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to be more involved in the lives of the children for whom they are responsible. Families are urged to spend time doing things together during this five-week period, whether it is taking a family vacation or simply doing chores around the house. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: narrative

narratage - The technique of having one character in the role of storyteller or the act of inserting bits of explanation into a narrative. More...

narrative - First an adjective meaning "telling the facts of a story," from Latin narrare, which is also the base of narrate. More...

saga - Old Norse for "narrative." More...

diegesis - The narrative or plot. More...

In the News

Scientists Finally Have an Answer for Use of 'Unusual, Mysterious' Narwhal Tusk

For the first time since the species was discovered, scientists have captured evidence of Narwhals using their tusks to "hit and stun fish" before eating them. The evidence was captured by Canadian scientists, according to a news release from the ... More...
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