Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

pinnace

Definition:(noun) A light boat propelled by sails or oars, formerly used as a tender for merchant and war vessels.
Synonyms:ship's boat, cutter, tender
Usage: Seated upon the projection formed by the hull of the pinnace, I inhaled the salt breeze with delight.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Mood

Grammatical mood refers to the way in which a verb is used to express certain meaning by the speaker or writer. Moods are broken down into two main categories. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Saron

The saron is a musical instrument that features prominently in Indonesian musical ensembles. It typically consists of seven bronze bars placed on top of a resonating frame, called a rancak. Sarons typically come in a number of sizes, and each size is pitched differently. A seated performer strikes the instrument with a tabuh, or mallet, to produce a musical note and uses his free hand to then grasp the ringing key and dampen the sound. What materials are used to make saron mallets? More...
This Day in History

Coordinated Casablanca Bombings Kill 33 (2003)

In a single night in 2003, 12 suicide bombers detonated explosives over a short span of time at several locations in Casablanca, Morocco, including a Jewish community center, a Spanish restaurant, and the Belgian consulate. The coordinated bombings claimed 33 victims. Two terrorists were caught before they could carry out their missions, and many others were later arrested for their roles in what was the deadliest terrorist attack in Morocco's history. How did nine of them escape prison in 2008? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718)

Agnesi was an Italian mathematician and philosopher. A child prodigy, she mastered several languages at an early age, and her proud father often held academic gatherings at which she spoke. When she was 9, she delivered a lengthy speech in Latin on the topic of women's right to education. At 20, she withdrew from society to focus on her studies and went on to produce her noted two-volume mathematical treatise Analytical Institutions. What appointment did she later receive from the pope? More...
Quotation of the Day
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

bring (something) into effect

To cause (something) to apply, begin operating, or take effect; to begin implementing or enforcing (something). More...
Today's Holiday

St. Brendan's Day (2021)

St. Brendan, who lived in the 6th century and is one of the most popular Irish saints, is alleged to be the author of Navigatio Brendani (the story of a journey to a land across the ocean). No one, including St. Brendan, knew where he had been when he returned, but a number of legends developed over the centuries. In 1977, an Irishman named Tim Severin built a boat out of leather as described in Navigatio and set out to follow St. Brendan's instructions. He ended up in Newfoundland, giving credence to the theory that St. Brendan reached America 1,000 years before Columbus. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: narrative

narratage - The technique of having one character in the role of storyteller or the act of inserting bits of explanation into a narrative. More...

narrative - First an adjective meaning "telling the facts of a story," from Latin narrare, which is also the base of narrate. More...

saga - Old Norse for "narrative." More...

diegesis - The narrative or plot. More...

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