Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 28, 2016)
Word of the Day

perspicuous

Definition:(adjective) Clearly expressed or presented; easy to understand.
Synonyms:lucid, luculent, pellucid, crystal clear, limpid
Usage: The lawyer presented a perspicuous closing argument, clarifying the forensic evidence for the confused jurors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive Adjectives

Attributive adjectives are adjectives that describe a characteristic (or attribute) of the noun or pronoun that they modify. What is the difference between restrictive and non-restrictive attributive adjectives? More...
Article of the Day

The Conscription Crisis of 1917

The Conscription Crisis of 1917 was a political and military crisis in Canada during WWI that was precipitated by the military's failure to create units for French-speaking forces. Instead the French-Canadian volunteers were assigned to various English-speaking units. Witnessing what they perceived as the mistreatment of the first contingent, many French-Canadians elected not to volunteer, leading legislators to pass a conscription act. What was the political aftermath of this crisis in Quebec? More...
This Day in History

The Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Fire (1942)

The deadliest nightclub fire in US history, the Cocoanut Grove fire claimed 492 lives. When the fire broke out, the Boston, Massachusetts, club was packed well beyond capacity. About 1,000 people were inside, with limited avenues of escape. Side doors had been locked to prevent patrons from skipping out on tabs, and the main entrance, a revolving door, was rendered useless by the crush of the crowd, as were other unlocked doors that opened inward. What is one theory as to what sparked the fire? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander Godunov (1949)

Godunov was a Russian ballet dancer and film actor whose defection caused a diplomatic incident between the US and USSR. On August 21, 1979, while on tour with the Bolshoi Ballet in New York City, Godunov requested political asylum. Days later, the KGB put his wife, a soloist with the company, on a plane to Moscow, but the State Department grounded it until officials determined that she was leaving voluntarily. The couple later divorced. In what blockbuster did Godunov play a German terrorist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

take no notice of (something or someone)

To not pay any attention to someone or something; to ignore or disregard someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Chad Republic Day (2018)

This national holiday commemorates the establishment of the republic on this day in 1958, which afforded Chad some autonomy, though it was a French territory until it attained full independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shy

demur, demure - Demur is the verb "to object or voice opposition," while demure is the adjective meaning "modest, shy." More...

farouche - Means "sullen or shy in company." More...

milquetoast - Comes from a comic strip character created in 1924 who was shy, timid, and unassertive. More...

shrinking violet - Violets actually shrink as if they become shy, giving us this term. More...

In the News

Underwater Stone Age Settlement a Haven for Fishing - and Yields Mysterious Elk-Antler Pick Axe

A Stone Age settlement submerged off the coast of Sweden has been comprehensively mapped for the first time. Modern-day fishermen have been getting their nets stuck on stumps under the water around Hanö Bay for years, but only recently has the site been fully ... More...
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