Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 2, 2020)
Word of the Day

enkindle

Definition:(verb) Call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses).
Synonyms:arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, fire, raise
Usage: Melissa's coy smile enkindled the hopes of the young man seeking her favor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Adjectives

Adjectives describe a quality or characteristic of a noun or pronoun. The basic form of an adjective is sometimes known as the "positive degree." But we can also inflect an adjective to the "comparative degree" and the "superlative degree." What are irregular adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

Fresnel Lens

A Fresnel lens is a thin optical lens that has the properties of much thicker and heavier lenses. It consists of concentric rings of segmental lenses that bend and magnify light rays, creating a single, concentrated beam of light. This design allows the lens to capture more oblique light from a light source than conventional lenses, making its beam visible across greater distances. The light from the first Fresnel lens, placed in a lighthouse in 1823, could be seen from how far away? More...
This Day in History

Second "Palmer Raid" Takes Place (1920)

During the "Red Scare" that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious "Palmer Raids." The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach's works destroyed or confiscated as "degenerate art"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Folklore, legends, myths, and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous, and manifestly unreal.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Ancestors' Day (2020)

In Haiti, the Independence Day festivities that occur on the first day of the year continue into the second with Jour des Aieux (Ancestors' Day), an occasion for remembering the founders of Haiti and those who sacrificed their lives during the revolution of the early 19th century. A large meal often accompanies the day's festivities, and military processions may also take place on Ancestors' Day. In years past, particularly during the reign of President François Duvalier (1971-1986), the executive leader used this day to deliver radio and television speeches to the nation. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: listen

ear to the ground - It was early Native Americans who taught us to, literally, keep an ear to the ground to listen for horses' hooves as riders approached. More...

scout - From the Latin ausculture, "to listen," it became Old French escoute, "a spy." More...

hearken - To pay attention or listen; it can also mean "to return to a previous topic." More...

listen, hear - To listen is to try to hear; to hear is simply to perceive with the ear. More...

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