Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

plainsong

Definition:(noun) A liturgical chant of the Roman Catholic Church.
Synonyms:Gregorian chant, plainchant
Usage: The music professor explained that in the Western church four main dialects of plainsong developed—Ambrosian, Roman, Mozarabic, and Gallican.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Whose

The interrogative adjectives "what" and "which" can often be used interchangeably, while "whose" is very different. What does "whose" denote? More...
Article of the Day

Con Man Matthew Cox

A number of years before he was placed on the US Secret Service's Most Wanted List, bold con man Matthew Cox wrote a novel detailing the exploits of a man who travels across America committing many of the crimes for which Cox himself is currently incarcerated. Cox used approximately 30 aliases in his real life criminal pursuits, including the name of cartoon millionaire C. Montgomery Burns, and acquired between $5 million and $25 million in fraudulent property mortgaging deals. How did he do it? More...
This Day in History

The Paddington Tram Depot Fire (1962)

In 1962, the Paddington Tram Depot in Brisbane, Australia, and 65 of its trams were destroyed in one of the largest fires in the city's history. The strain that the destruction put on local transportation resources is generally considered to have brought about the beginning of the end for Brisbane's tram system, which closed in 1969. After the fire, parts were salvaged from the destroyed trams and incorporated into new ones. What mythical creature adorns the trams bearing the salvaged parts? More...
Today's Birthday

Ed Sullivan (1901)

Famed American TV host Ed Sullivan started out as a journalist and gossip columnist but was hired by CBS to host the variety program that eventually became The Ed Sullivan Show because of his talent for discovering interesting performers. The program, featuring diverse entertainment, became a national institution for over 20 years, while Sullivan's terse introductions of guests and distinctive mannerisms made him a popular target for comedians. What acts were banned from Sullivan's show? More...
Quotation of the Day
At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

creature of habit

One who prefers the comfort and reliability of routine and habitual behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Confucius's Birthday (2016)

This is a time to commemorate the birth of the teacher Confucius, perhaps the most influential man in China's history. In Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the birthplace of Confucius, there is a two-week-long Confucian Culture Festival. During the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, Red Guards defaced many of the buildings in Qufu. They have since been restored, and the festival held there attracts scholars from China and abroad. The festival opens with a ceremony accompanied by ancient music and dance and includes exhibitions and lectures on the life and teachings of Confucius. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: theatre

box office - An office in a theatre for booking seats, originally from "hiring a box." More...

in the wings - An expression from the theatre, referring to the areas on the sides of the stage hidden from the audience. More...

scenery, scenic - Scenery was originally theatrical—"a stage depiction of nature"—and it came to be applied to nature itself; scenic first pertained to the theatre and meant "dramatic, theatrical." More...

house - The audience at a theatre. More...

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