Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 23, 2019)
Word of the Day

solitudinarian

Definition:(noun) One leading a solitary or secluded life.
Synonyms:recluse, troglodyte, hermit
Usage: Peter, a self-proclaimed solitudinarian, lives in a cabin deep in the woods, miles from his closest neighbor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Predicate

The predicate is, essentially, everything in the sentences that follows the subject. It is made up of at least one finite verb. What is a compound predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Swing Kids

The Swing Kids were a group of jazz and swing music enthusiasts in Germany in the 1930s. Composed mainly of high school students, the group sought a British and American way of life in opposition to the Nazi ideology that was emerging in their country. Defining themselves by their taste in swing music—which was considered a "degenerate" Western import by the Nazis—the Swing Kids stood in contrast to the youth groups allied with the Nazi movement, including what notorious organizations? More...
This Day in History

Elva Zona Heaster Discovered Dead (1897)

Shortly after marrying drifter Erasmus Shue, Heaster was found dead and was soon buried. Her mother, who suspected foul play, claimed to have had a vision in which her daughter's ghost stated that Shue had broken her neck, killing her. When the body was exhumed, an autopsy confirmed that Heaster's neck had been broken, and Shue was tried for murder. What role did the ghost—since known as the Greenbrier Ghost for Heaster's hometown of Greenbrier County, West Virginia—play in the trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Édouard Manet (1832)

One of the foremost French artists of the 19th century, Manet is often regarded as the father of modern painting. Rebelling against the academic tradition, he developed a realist style that was one of the founding forces of Impressionism. Although his talent is recognized today, Manet was often greeted with harsh criticism during his career, including for his paintings Le déjeuner sur l'herbeThe Luncheon on the Grass—and Olympia. Why were the paintings controversial? More...
Quotation of the Day
My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

up to (one's) eyeballs (in something)

Extremely busy (with something); deeply or overly involved (in something); possessing, filled up with, or overwhelmed by an excessive amount (of something). More...
Today's Holiday

The Australian Open (2019)

The Australian Open is the year's first event in the Grand Slam of tennis. It is played on synthetic hard courts in Melbourne, Australia, and known officially as the Australian Championships. The championship for men began in 1905, and the women's championship in 1922. The matches became an "open" (to both amateurs and professionals) in 1969. Margaret Smith Court, an Australian known for her powerful serve and volley, is the all-time champion in the women's division of the open; she won the title 11 times between 1960 and 1973. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rustling

soughing - A soft rustling or murmuring sound—like the deep sigh of a sleeping baby. More...

frou-frou - From French for "a rustling." More...

murmur - Comes from the Latin word for "rustling," and can mean "complain, grumble about." More...

psithurism - The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. More...

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