Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 7, 2015)
Word of the Day

witless

Definition:(adjective) Lacking intelligence or wit; foolish.
Synonyms:nitwitted, soft-witted, senseless
Usage: He was a witless soul who never learned from his mistakes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Objectives

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They are sometimes referred to as "adverbial objectives" because they hold a position normally occupied by a verb's direct object, yet they act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial objective in the following sentence? "This wine is aged 25 years." More...
Article of the Day

Piazza San Marco

St. Mark's Square, or Piazza San Marco, is Venice's principal plaza. Originating in the 9th c as a small area in front of St. Mark's Basilica, the Piazza was enlarged to its present shape and size in 1177. As Venice's central gathering place, it is extremely popular with tourists, pigeons, and photographers. The Piazza is surrounded by a number of historic structures, including the Doge's Palace, Procuraties, and Biblioteca Marciana. What was the purpose of the paved pattern on the Piazza floor? More...
This Day in History

Tupac Shakur Is Shot (1996)

In 1996, Shakur, an American rap star and actor, was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting while stopped at a red light on the Las Vegas strip. He died six days later. The 25-year-old Shakur had been involved in a violent rivalry between the East and West Coast rap scenes and had survived another shooting less than two years earlier. His killer has never been identified. However, some suspect that it was a man who had been in a public altercation with Shakur hours before the shooting—who? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacob Lawrence (1917)

Lawrence was a leading black artist who portrayed African-American life, experience, and history with vivid, stylized realism. He was only in his twenties when his series depicting the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North thrust him into the national spotlight. His use of somber browns and black for shadows and outlines in an otherwise vibrant palette lends his work a distinctive overtone, as does his flat painting style. Where can one view his last public work? More...
Quotation of the Day
People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

laugh in (one's) sleeve

To rejoice or be amused secretly and/or contemptuously, as at another's mistakes or misfortunes. More...
Today's Holiday

Toronto International Film Festival (2017)

Second in size only to the Cannes Film Festival in France, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered one of the world's most prestigious artistic events; it features some of the year's most anticipated films, attracts leading stars in the movie business, and serves as a networking and educational opportunity for industry professionals. Festival organizers pride themselves on creating a public festival, which means film submissions from all over are accepted and screenings are open to the public as well as to the media and the film industry. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reckoning

dead reckoning - A calculation based on guesswork. More...

logarithm - From Greek logos, "reckoning, ratio," and arithmos, "number." More...

ratio - From Latin, literally, "reckoning." More...

scotfree - From Scandinavian for "a payment or reckoning," plus "free." More...

In the News

Is There a Planet X, a "Massive Perturber," Hidden beyond Pluto?

If you've been following our coverage of the New Horizons mission, you know that the NASA probe had a spectacular fly-by of Pluto on July 14 and, if the agency approves the funding, will scrutinize a “cold, classical" Kuiper Belt Object on New Year's ... More...
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