Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

telepathy

Definition:(noun) Apparent communication from one mind to another without using sensory perceptions.
Synonyms:thought transference
Usage: I sometimes wonder how he knows what I am thinking and whether it is attributable to telepathy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositional verbs vs. phrasal verbs

Sometimes, a prepositional verb may be mistaken for a phrasal verb. Although both combinations appear to be very similar, you can differentiate them by examining their meaning. Prepositional verbs use the literal meanings of verbs. What about phrasal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Art Brut: Outsider Art

French for "raw art," art brut, or outsider art, is art produced outside the established art world, particularly crude or obscene works created by the untrained or mentally ill. The term was coined by French artist Jean Dubuffet, who regarded such works as the purest form of expression. The first well-known outsider artist was psychiatric patient Adolf Wölfli, who produced a vast body of work, including an illustrated 45-volume epic about his transformation from a knight into what? More...
This Day in History

Garfield Debuts (1978)

When Garfield debuted in 1978, the comic strip appeared in just 41 newspapers. Today, Jim Davis's strip about a lazy, sarcastic cat and his lonely owner, Jon Arbuckle, is syndicated in more than 2,500 papers with a readership of more than 200 million people. The feline who loves lasagna and hates Mondays has spawned books, movies, and merchandise, which are sold in more than 100 countries and earn nearly $1 billion each year. How have Internet artists altered the strip in unusual ways? More...
Today's Birthday

Moses Harry Horwitz, AKA Moe Howard (1897)

Howard was an American actor and comedian, best known as the leader of the Three Stooges. The fourth of five brothers, he never graduated high school and got into show business by running errands for performers. In 1923, he formed the vaudeville act accompanying Ted Healy that would later become the Three Stooges. The men went on to make more than 200 popular comedy shorts featuring their characteristic brand of violent slapstick. How did Howard come by his trademark bowl-shaped haircut? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

highbrowed

Of or pertaining to heightened intellectualism or superior learning or culture; especially erudite or sophisticated; appealing or suited to highbrows. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Petersburg White Nights Festival (2020)

This celebration marks the time of year in St. Petersburg, Russia, when the nights are so short that the sky appears white, or light grey, and twilight lasts only 30 or 40 minutes. The city, with its many buildings painted in pastel shades of lavender, green, pink, and yellow, has a particularly beautiful charm during the white nights. The city is full of various events to celebrate this summer twilight. The Mariinsky Theatre presents a special program of ballets, operas, and symphonic concerts. There is also a chamber music festival and an international jazz festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: try

beseech - First meant "search for, try to obtain." More...

emulate - Means "try to equal or surpass, especially by copying." More...

experience, experiment, expert - Experience, experiment and expert derive from Latin experiri, "try." More...

quorum - First the genitive plural of Latin qui, "who," it originally referred to the "number of justices who need be present to try a case." More...

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