Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

compendious

Definition:(adjective) Containing or stating briefly and concisely all the essentials.
Synonyms:succinct, summary, compact
Usage: It was a sort of hand-book for women with grievances (and all women had them), a sort of compendious theory and practice of feminine free morality.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Types of Dashes

There are two similar but distinct punctuation marks called dashes: the en dash ( – ) and the em dash ( — ). Why are they so named? More...
Article of the Day

Civil Disobedience and Civil Disobedience

A typically nonviolent and collective means of forcing government concessions, civil disobedience has been used by nationalist movements in Africa and India, the US civil rights movement, and labor and antiwar movements in many countries. Perhaps the most influential exposition of the philosophy behind civil disobedience can be found in American author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau's 1849 essay Civil Disobedience, which argues that citizens should break laws that are what? More...
This Day in History

London's Millennium Bridge Opens, Promptly Closes (2000)

When tens of thousands of pedestrians crossed the Thames River via London's Millennium Bridge on its opening day in 2000, many felt the steel suspension bridge sway, and the vibrations worsened as people adjusted their gaits to the motion. Nicknamed the "wobbly bridge" by Londoners, it closed just two days later for modifications to eliminate the sway and did not reopen until 2002. What prompted the bridge to close again in 2007 over concerns that pedestrians were in danger of being blown off? More...
Today's Birthday

Hattie McDaniel (1895)

McDaniel was the first African American to win an Academy Award, earning it for her role as the maid Mammy in 1939's American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind. Segregation, still widespread in the American South at the time, prevented her from attending the film's Atlanta premiere, but when her friend and fellow actor Clark Gable—who had recommended her for the role—wanted to boycott the event, she insisted that he attend. Why does McDaniel have two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? More...
Quotation of the Day
Humility is the mother of giants. One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

to (one's) heart's desire

As much as or to the point that one wants; to the point of contentment, satiety, or surfeit. More...
Today's Holiday

Children's Day (United States) (2018)

Many countries have set aside a day on which children are allowed to participate in church services, in government, and in various cultural and recreational activities. In the United States, Children's Day was first celebrated in June 1856 at the Universalist Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts. By 1868 its date had been set on a nationwide basis as the second Sunday in June. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shaking

pulsatilla - Can refer to the shaking of a flower in the wind. More...

quassation - The act or process of being shaken or shaking. More...

concussion - Its underlying etymological notion is of "violent shaking," from Latin concutere, "shake violently." More...

Shaker - The Shakers got their name from the shaking and convulsive movements they made during worship. More...

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In the News

Two sides of the same star

If you've ever heard of the phrase two sides of the same coin, you know it means two things that at first appear to be unrelated are actually parts of the same thing. Now, a fundamental example can be found in the deep recesses of space in the form of ... More...
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