Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 27, 2017)
Word of the Day

admixture

Definition:(noun) An additional ingredient that is added by mixing with the base.
Synonyms:intermixture
Usage: The flowers flourished in the new growing medium, a nutrient-rich soil comprised of equal parts sand and loam with an admixture of peat moss and cow manure.
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

Headhunting

Headhunting, the act of removing, displaying, and, in some cases, preserving human heads, has been practiced worldwide and may date to Paleolithic times. Though the practice was sometimes linked to certain forms of cannibalism and human sacrifice, its primary function was often ceremonial and was part of the process of reinforcing hierarchical relationships between communities and individuals. Which troops were said to regularly collect the skulls of enemy soldiers during World War II? 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
Painting, n.: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

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

Days of '76 (2017)

This celebration held each year in Deadwood, South Dakota, is an attempt to revive the spirit of the gold rush days. The festivities begin with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo. Then there is a three-mile-long historical parade that includes floats portraying the various stages of, and characters in, Deadwood's history—from the earliest settlers to the coming of industry and tourism. A kids' carnival is in town during the festival, and street dances featuring country music take place Thursday through Saturday night. 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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