Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

ambage

Definition:(noun) A style that involves indirect ways of expressing things.
Synonyms:circumlocution, periphrasis
Usage: His head was swimming when the lecture finally ended, and he felt the speaker's ambages had taken him everywhere and left him nowhere.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gender in Nouns

There are some instances in which nouns are declined to show masculine or feminine gender. How is a noun made feminine? More...
Article of the Day

Click Fraud

Click fraud is a type of Internet crime that occurs when a person or computer program imitates a legitimate user clicking on a pay-per-click online advertisement. It is done to generate a per-click charge without having an interested consumer view the ad's link. In 2004, authorities in California made what was believed to be the first click fraud arrest, detaining a man who had attempted to blackmail Google with a click fraud program he created. Why were the charges dropped without explanation? More...
This Day in History

The Luxor Massacre (1997)

Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists. What did the terrorists hope to achieve with the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Isamu Noguchi (1904)

Noguchi was a prominent American sculptor. After briefly studying medicine, he won two Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to study in Paris under renowned modern artist Constantin Brancusi. In his work in stone, wood, and metal, Noguchi integrated European modernism with Japanese traditionalism, harmonizing rough and smooth, geometric and organic. Among his diverse artistic creations are playgrounds, sculpture gardens, ballet sets, and furniture. With which inventor did he collaborate? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

storming mad

Exceptionally or uncontrollably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2018)

On November 17, 1939, student-led demonstrations against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia led to the death of several students; on November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered again, this time to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the so-called Velvet Revolution to reestablish a democratic government. The day is now a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, ribbons in the national colors are often worn, and the flag is flown in all public places. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: imply

imply, infer - A speaker or writer implies, a hearer or reader infers; implications are incorporated in statements, while inferences are deduced from statements. Imply means "suggest indirectly that something is true," while infer means "conclude or deduce something is true"; furthermore, to imply is to suggest or throw out a suggestion, while to infer is to include or take in a suggestion. More...

intent, intention - Intent implies a sustained unbroken commitment or purpose, while intention implies an intermittent resolution or an initial aim or plan. More...

In the News

Molecules Found on Phones Reveal Lifestyle Secrets

Molecules found on mobile phones reveal an astonishing amount about the owner's health and lifestyle - including their food preferences and medication. Californian scientists found traces of everything from caffeine and spices to skin creams and ... More...
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