Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 21, 2015)
Word of the Day

satirist

Definition:(noun) A humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm.
Synonyms:ironist, ridiculer
Usage: The satirist got into trouble with the network after he ridiculed a number of prominent donors on his live television show.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parts of Speech

The parts of speech are the primary categories of words according to their function in a sentence. English has seven main parts of speech. Can you name all seven? More...
Article of the Day

Margot Fonteyn

Fonteyn was an English ballet dancer. She made her debut as a soloist in 1934 and gained a reputation for expressive acting and versatility, inspiring famed choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton to create a number of major ballets especially for her. Fonteyn's international reputation soared once she formed a legendary partnership with the Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev. The pair became known for receiving repeated frenzied curtain calls and bouquet tosses. Why was Fonteyn arrested in 1959? More...
This Day in History

US Captures Guam from Spain (1898)

Visited by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, Guam was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and remained under Spanish control until 1898, when it was taken by the US in the Spanish-American War. Because the Spanish garrison on the island had no knowledge of the war, the US sent a single Navy cruiser, the USS Charleston, and was able to capture Guam without a fight. At the end of the war, Guam was officially ceded to the US under the Treaty of Paris. How many Spanish soldiers were captured on Guam? More...
Today's Birthday

Al Hirschfeld (1903)

Hirschfeld was an American graphic artist and caricaturist who was famous for his witty, perceptive, and joyful caricatures of theater celebrities and other public personalities. After becoming a theater correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, he worked for The New York Times, where many of his caricatures appeared. Hirschfeld also wrote and illustrated several books. Beginning in 1945, Hirschfeld concealed what in almost every drawing that he made? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

(the) man/woman of the hour

A person currently being celebrated, honored, or admired by others, especially for a recent victory, accomplishment, or other cause for celebration. More...
Today's Holiday

Midnight Sun Festival (2017)

The Midnight Sun Festival is a celebration of the Summer Solstice in Nome, Alaska, where the sun shines for better than 22 hours a day in the peak of summer. The longest day of the year is feted with a street dance, blanket toss, barbecue, Monte Carlo night (gambling), Eskimo dances, and a parade. A river raft race has been held at midnight on June 21 since the 1960s. Various homemade rafts paddle down a one- to two-mile course on the Nome River, and the winning team claims a fur-lined honey bucket, which is passed on from year to year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sprout

ratoon crop - One that grows from the remains of one already harvested, from Spanish retono, "sprout." More...

clan - Ultimately from Latin planta, "plant, sprout." More...

germ, germinate - From Latin germen, "seed, sprout." More...

acrospire - The first leaf that sprouts from a germinating seed. More...

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