Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

edification

Definition:(noun) Intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
Synonyms:enlightenment
Usage: He knew very well that he must tell some story this evening for the edification of the company.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense vs. Aspect

The past tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the past simple, the past continuous (or past progressive), the past perfect, and the past perfect continuous. The tense tells us when the action takes place in relation to time (in this case, the past). What does the added aspect tell us? More...
Article of the Day

Homo Floresiensis

Since their discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, small, hominid remains—labeled Homo floresiensis—have divided scientists into two camps. While some believe the remains are the bones of a modern human with a disorder that results in a smaller-than-average skull, others see them as evidence of a newly discovered species in the genus Homo that lived among modern humans and survived until as recently as 12,000 years ago. What arguments have been raised by both sides? More...
This Day in History

Centennial Olympic Park Bombing (1996)

During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, a bombing in Centennial Olympic Park killed one person and injured 111 others. Despite the attack, officials and athletes agreed that the games should continue. Security guard Richard Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for discovering the bomb and helping clear the area before it detonated, but he soon fell under suspicion and was vilified by various media outlets before finally being exonerated. Who was actually behind the bombing? More...
Today's Birthday

Ludovico Sforza (1452)

Sforza effectively ruled Milan from 1480, first as regent for his young nephew and later, after his nephew's suspicious death, as duke. The patron of Leonardo da Vinci, he presided over the final and most productive period of the Milanese Renaissance but was captured and imprisoned while fighting to expel the French from Italy. Before his fall, he was one of the wealthiest and most powerful princes of Italy, spending immense sums to further the arts and sciences. What painting did he commission? More...
Quotation of the Day
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

23 skidoo

To clear out or get away in haste before getting into or causing trouble, referring either to oneself or to another. "23" may refer to the Flatirons Building in New York City (located on 23rd Street), around which great winds tend to blow. It may also derive from an older use meaning to tell someone to clear out of one's way. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Marlboro Music Festival (2019)

It was the noted violinist Adolf Busch who came up with the idea of establishing a community for musicians that would free them from the pressures and restrictions of concert life. Every summer since 1951, artists from all over the world have gathered in Marlboro, Vermont, to exchange musical ideas. The Marlboro Music School, which holds an eight-week session each summer, is primarily a place where students can study contemporary and classical chamber music. During the festival, the general public has an opportunity to hear the results of their collaborations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: personality

anima, persona - Anima is Carl Jung's term for the inner part of the personality, or character, as opposed to the persona, or outer part. More...

anima, animus - Anima is the source of the female part of personality and animus is the source of the male part. More...

anthropomorphism - The ascription of a human attribute or personality to anything impersonal or irrational. More...

personality - First referred to the quality of being a person and not a thing. More...

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