Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

backfire

Definition:(verb) Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.
Synonyms:backlash, recoil
Usage: Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Noun Phrases

Noun phrases are groups of two or more words within a sentence that function grammatically as nouns. Noun phrases consist of a noun and what else? More...
Article of the Day

Video Game Addiction

Though it is not classified as a distinct mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, video game addiction is considered by many mental health professionals to be a legitimate form of addiction, and several countries have even opened treatment centers for this problem. Addicted players often become socially isolated as they focus increasingly on in-game achievements. What type of legislation has been proposed or implemented to combat this issue? More...
This Day in History

Donald Duck Debuts in The Little Wise Hen (1934)

Clad in his signature sailor shirt and cap, the perennially pants-less cartoon character Donald Duck made his debut in Disney's The Wise Little Hen. His comically short temper and distinct voice quickly endeared him to audiences, and he became a regular character in Mickey Mouse cartoons. Donald remains quite popular in Scandinavia, as evidenced by the Christmas Eve tradition of watching a TV special featuring him. What Academy Award-winning 1943 cartoon showed Donald saluting Hitler? More...
Today's Birthday

Cole Porter (1891)

Though pushed by his grandfather to pursue law, Porter studied music at Harvard and in Paris. A gifted composer and witty lyricist, he wrote a dazzling series of successful film scores and Broadway musicals from the 1920s to the 1950s, including the musicals Anything Goes and Kiss Me, Kate. His most popular songs include "Night and Day" and "Let's Do It." A 1937 accident required him to undergo more than 30 operations, but he continued composing until 1958. Why did he stop? More...
Quotation of the Day
The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

hawks and doves

Respectively, those who favor or support aggressive military action, especially regarding foreign policy, versus those who are inclined to more peaceful, diplomatic solutions. More...
Today's Holiday

Ravinia Festival (2020)

Chicago's 12-week festival of classical music, theater, and dance takes place in Highland Park, one of the city's northern suburbs. Although today the festival can boast performances by some of the world's most distinguished conductors, soloists, symphony orchestras, and dance companies, its history since 1904 has been punctuated by periodic financial crises and, in the 1940s, a fire that destroyed the Ravinia Park pavilion. But since that time the festival has rebounded, expanding to include pop, jazz, and folk music as well as several weeks of theater performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: temper

acerbic - Often describes a sharp or biting mood, temper, tone, or wit; acerbity is normally a bit less sharp than sarcasm. More...

tirret - An outburst of temper. More...

mansuetude - Tameness or sweetness of temper. More...

tamper - First meant "to work in clay" or "temper in clay." More...

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