Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

grotesque

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by ludicrous, repulsive, or incongruous distortion, as of appearance or manner.
Synonyms:monstrous
Usage: The addition of the grotesque, intentionally distorted sculpture entirely changed the character of the surrounding gardens.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjective Phrases

An adjective phrase is an adjective and any additional information linked to it that work together to describe a noun or pronoun in a sentence. How does an adjective phrase differ from an adjectival phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Oology

Oology is a branch of zoology concerned with the study of eggs, especially birds’ eggs. Understanding birds’ nesting habits is an important part of this field, as egg features like shape and color have been linked to nest sites. For example, cliff-nesting birds lay highly conical eggs that are less likely to roll off, while hole-nesting birds tend to lay more spherical eggs. Birds that lay eggs in holes or burrows tend to have white eggs, and birds that build nests in trees lay what color eggs? More...
This Day in History

Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)

Having starred in four Superman movies beginning in 1978, Reeve was an immensely popular actor by the 1990s. He was also an avid athlete and equestrian. During an event in 1995, his horse spooked before a jump, throwing Reeve. He landed on his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He briefly considered suicide, but instead spent the rest of his life campaigning for spinal injury research. His friend Robin Williams was the first person to make Reeve laugh after the accident. How? More...
Today's Birthday

Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)

Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date. Why did Vanderbilt, who had 13 children, leave nearly everything to just one son? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

have no time for (someone or something)

To have no respect for, interest in, or approval of someone or something and thus have no desire to be involved with him, her, or it. More...
Today's Holiday

Bergen International Festival (2020)

The Bergen International Festival is the major cultural event in Norway, and features more than 100 events in music, drama, folklore, opera, ballet, and the visual arts. Most of the musical events are held in Bergen's Viking Castle (built in 1250), at the Grieg Concert Hall, at Edvard Grieg's home (known as "Troldhaugen"), and at Lysoen, the island home of composer and violinist Ole Bull. Although the primary attraction is music, children's programs, literary events, and art exhibits are featured as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pigments

pastel - First pertained to pigment or paste and evolved to mean light or pale colors. More...

excipient - An inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug; it is also the material or surface that receives the pigments in painting. More...

primary colors, secondary colors - In dyes, pigments, and paints, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue—which mix to make the secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. More...

raw sienna, burnt sienna - Raw sienna is a brownish-yellow earth color obtained from a natural clay containing iron and manganese; burnt sienna is reddish-brown. More...

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