Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

arc-boutant

Definition:(noun) A buttress that stands apart from the main structure and connected to it by an arch.
Synonyms:flying buttress
Usage: The architect favors the arc-boutant in his designs because it is practical and aesthetically pleasing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctions

Conjunctions are used to express relationships between things in a sentence, link different clauses together, and to combine sentences. There are four main types of conjunctions—what are they? More...
Article of the Day

Japanese Sake

Sake is a Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice. Although there are multiple theories about how it was developed, the first sakes were likely made from rice, millet, chestnuts, and acorns that people chewed and spit into a tub. The enzymes from the saliva converted the starches to sugars, resulting in a sweet mixture that was combined with freshly cooked grain and allowed to ferment. What does drinking sake from another's cup signify in Japanese culture? More...
This Day in History

San Francisco's Human Be-In Launches "Summer of Love" (1967)

In 1967, the burgeoning counterculture movement took center stage in San Francisco as a number of figures who would become its icons gathered for a "happening" in Golden Gate Park. Announced as a "Human Be-In" in the San Francisco Oracle newspaper, the event featured speakers Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg, as well as performances by The Grateful Dead, among many others. Attended by tens of thousands of people, the event helped to launch 1967's "Summer of Love," which was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Berthe Morisot (1841)

Morisot was a French impressionist painter best known for her loose brushwork and the sensitivity she brought to her female subjects. She studied with many gifted painters, including Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, and was highly influenced by Édouard Manet, whose brother she later married. She exhibited regularly with the Impressionists, and although none of her exhibits proved commercially successful, she outsold Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. What are some of her best known paintings? More...
Quotation of the Day
Danger lies in the writer becoming the victim of his own exaggeration ... and in the end coming to despise truth itself as something too cold, too blunt for his purpose—as, in fact, not good enough for his insistent emotion. From laughter and tears the descent is easy to sniveling and giggles.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

the toast of (the town)

Someone who is especially well-liked, regarded, or admired in a certain place. More...
Today's Holiday

Hostos Day (2019)

Eugenio Maria de Hostos (1839-1903) was a Puerto Rican philosopher and patriot who became a leader of the opposition to Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century. He campaigned for the education of women in Brazil, and his books on law and education triggered reforms in other Latin American countries. He even sponsored the first railroad between Chile and Argentina, across the Andes Mountains. The anniversary of his birth is observed as a public holiday in Puerto Rico on the second Monday in January. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivia

factlet - A piece of trivia. More...

inconsequentia - Trifling facts or trivia. More...

nugae - Trifles or trivia. More...

trivia - Derives from Latin tri, "three" and via, "ways." In Roman times, at the intersection of any three streets were kiosks where information was posted for travelers, but which was totally ignored by the citizens—a possible source of its modern meaning; trivia is actually plural and should take "these" instead of "this" (etc.). More...

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