Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

tatterdemalion

Definition:(noun) A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing.
Synonyms:ragamuffin
Usage: It was a crew of tatterdemalions that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound-Complex Sentences

Compound-complex sentences are made up of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. In a compound-complex sentence, how is the complex independent clause joined to the other independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision devices (NVDs) are optical instruments that allow for vision in the dark by detecting visible and infrared energy and providing a visible image. Although they are available to civilians, goggles and other NVDs are typically used by law enforcement agencies and the military. Introduced in the 20th century, NVDs have been used widely since the Vietnam War. They also played a key role in Operation Neptune Spear—the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What was the “snooperscope”? More...
This Day in History

Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City (1872)

"The Met" is the foremost repository of art in the US, with a collection of more than two million works of art. Established for the purpose of encouraging the study of fine art, the museum opened in 1872 with just one stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings. However, the collection quickly outgrew its gallery space and in 1880 was moved to its iconic present-day location on the eastern edge of Central Park. In recent decades, the Met has used what controversial practice to acquire high-quality art? More...
Today's Birthday

Ansel Adams (1902)

Adams was an American photographer famous for his black-and-white landscape photographs and for his many books about photography, including a series of technical instruction manuals: The Camera, The Negative, and The Print. He invented the "zone system," a technique for determining optimal film exposure and development, and advocated a more sharply focused and composed style of photography than was in vogue at the time. What initially spurred his interest in photography? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

Kodak moment

A particularly poignant, memorable, or emotionally touching moment or event, i.e., one that would be well-suited to be captured in a photograph. Taken from an advertising slogan for Eastman Kodak photographic film and cameras. Sometimes used ironically or satirically. More...
Today's Holiday

Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards (2020)

Since 1989, the Univision television network has been awarding the Premios Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards. Some 35 categories of music and performance are honored. It is the oldest such awards program in the United States. The televised awards ceremony features live performances by nominated musical acts along with music videos. Journalists and media celebrities from throughout Latin America come to the event. While originating from the United States, the Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music Awards program is broadcast throughout Latin America. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: token

jetton - A counter or token used as a gambling chip or to operate slot machines. More...

token - Etymologically, something that "shows" you something, from a base meaning "show, sign." More...

indicium - An indication, sign, or token—specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage. More...

signal, sign - Signal is from Latin signalis, "of a sign," from signum, "mark, token"—from which sign is derived. More...

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