Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 26, 2015)
Word of the Day

maudlin

Definition:(adjective) Effusively or tearfully sentimental.
Synonyms:bathetic, mawkish, schmaltzy, mushy
Usage: When the farewells were in danger of becoming maudlin, he judged that it was time to leave.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that began and was still in progress in the past before another past action started. How does it differ from the past perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist's left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name "ragtime"? More...
This Day in History

Decomposing Whale Explodes on Crowded Taiwan Street (2004)

After a sperm whale became beached on the coast of Taiwan, researchers decided to perform an autopsy on the creature to determine its cause of death—later found to have been a collision with a ship. It took three cranes half a day to load the whale onto a truck, during which time gas continued to build up in the decomposing carcass. While passing through Tainan on the way to a wildlife preserve, the whale exploded, spattering onlookers and nearby cars with gore. Where else have whales exploded? More...
Today's Birthday

Maria Augusta von Trapp (1905)

Born in Austria and orphaned at a young age, Maria Kutschera planned to become a nun in Salzburg. Instead, she met Baron Georg von Trapp while tutoring one of his seven children. They were married in 1927 and had three children together. After financial trouble, the family began to sing professionally, then fled Nazi Europe for the US. Today, the family operates a lodge in Vermont. Maria's 1949 memoir was adapted into The Sound of Music. What became of the family's home in Austria? More...
Quotation of the Day
He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

look (someone) off

In sports, especially American football, to mislead an opponent with one's eyes as to one's intentions in a given play. More...
Today's Holiday

India Republic Day (2016)

This holiday is an important national festival in India, celebrating the day in 1950 when India's ties with Britain were severed and the country became a fully independent republic. The holiday is marked with parades and much celebration in all the state capitals, but the festivities in Delhi are especially grand. There is a mammoth parade with military units, floats from each state, dancers and musicians, and fly-overs. Independence Day on August 15 is also a national holiday, but it is observed chiefly with speech-making and none of the grandeur of Republic Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poetry

found poem - A passage within prose that unintentionally reads like poetry. More...

stich - A line of poetry. More...

free verse - Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter. More...

metrophobia - The fear of poetry. More...

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