Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

insupportable

Definition:(adjective) Incapable of being justified or explained.
Synonyms:unwarrantable, indefensible
Usage: No matter how hard the candidate's aides tried, they could not spin his insupportable comments.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Reporting Verbs

Both direct and indirect speech use what are known as "reporting verbs," the most common of which are "say" and "tell." When we use "tell," we need to use another person's name or a personal pronoun as an indirect object. What are other reporting verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini was an Italian writer and film director. A former Roman Catholic and a Marxist, he brought a religious and social consciousness to his work, but the eroticism and violence of his films drew criticism from religious authorities. His final work, Salo, was based on a Marquis de Sade novel and generated immense controversy. Shortly after its completion in 1975, Pasolini was murdered under mysterious circumstances, allegedly while on his way to meet with thieves who had stolen what? More...
This Day in History

Sacred, Centuries-Old Emerald Buddha Gets New Home (1784)

Although legend dates the creation of the Emerald Buddha to a more ancient time, it was likely carved in the 15th century. The revered green figurine has enjoyed an eventful history ever since. After centuries of being variously lost, transported, and rediscovered, the small statue was moved with great ceremony by King Rama I to its current home in the most sacred temple in Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaew. Its three sets of gold clothing are periodically changed according to what schedule? More...
Today's Birthday

Adam Sedgwick (1785)

One of the founders of modern geology, Sedgwick coined the term Cambrian to describe the earliest geologic period of the Paleozoic era, and, in his most important work, he and geologist R. I. Murchison named the Devonian Period—after the rock formations they studied at Devonshire. Sedgwick was outspoken in asserting the consistency between his scientific findings and his religious beliefs. How, then, did he respond when his former student Charles Darwin published Origin of Species? More...
Quotation of the Day
For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

let (someone) off the hook

To pardon, release, or allow someone to escape from blame, responsibility, obligation, or difficulty. More...
Today's Holiday

World Day for Water (2021)

In 1992, the United Nations declared March 22 World Day for Water. Programs associated with the day draw attention to the ways in which proper water resource management contributes to a nation's economic and social vitality. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: research

disquisition - A diligent or systematic search, a thorough investigation or research. More...

primary source - A direct source of information or research, a document not emended by a third party. More...

secondary source - Information or research that is derivative, such as a comment by a historian, an encyclopedia article, or a critical essay. More...

Rh factor - Named for the rhesus monkeys used in research to identify blood types. More...

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