Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

insentient

Definition:(adjective) Devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate.
Synonyms:insensate
Usage: Jim thought he might be losing his mind when he caught himself talking to insentient objects.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Case

Case is the manner by which a noun is inflected depending on its grammatical function as a subject or object in a sentence. While the English language has largely discarded its case system, personal pronouns are one area in which the case system is still active, being inflected depending on whether they function as what? More...
Article of the Day

Klaus Barbie

Barbie, nicknamed the Butcher of Lyon for his brutality, was a high-ranking German Nazi official. The SS commander personally tortured prisoners and ordered the deportation of 44 Jewish orphans to Auschwitz. Following the end of WWII, Barbie was employed by the US intelligence services in Germany before fleeing to Bolivia in 1951. He was located there by Nazi hunters in 1971, and was convicted of crimes against humanity in France in 1987. Barbie is blamed for the deaths of how many people? More...
This Day in History

Clapham Junction Rail Crash (1988)

Near London on the morning of December 12, 1988, the driver of the 7:18 train from Basingstoke to Waterloo saw a signal in front of him abruptly change from green to red. He stopped his train and called the signalman, who told him to proceed. Before he could, however, the 6:14 from Poole rammed into his train's rear at about 40 mph (64 km/h). Then, an empty train traveling in the opposite direction hit the wreckage. The crashes killed 35 and injured hundreds more. What caused the signal failure? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Frankenthaler (1928)

A member of abstract expressionism's second generation, Frankenthaler was greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock. Inspired by his way of working on a canvas laid on the floor rather than mounted upright, Frankenthaler developed a technique for staining unprimed canvases with thinned pigments that she poured. Her work gave rise to the color-field movement of the late 50s. An appointee to the National Endowment for the Arts, she controversially opposed government grants to artists on what grounds? More...
Quotation of the Day
In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

rubber jungle

An aviation term among pilots and airline crew for the effect created when the rubber oxygen masks in a commercial aircraft deploy from its ceiling. More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe (2018)

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico, and on December 12 thousands of pilgrims flock to her shrine at the famous Church of Guadalupe outside Mexico City. On the evening of December 11, crowds have already gathered for singing and special ceremonies at midnight, which are carried on national television. This great religious festival commemorates the appearance of the Virgin Mary on Tepeyac Hill, north of present-day Mexico City. The story is reenacted in a puppet show each year, and relics of Our Lady of Guadalupe are sold in the streets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: news

gazette - A gazzetta, a Venetian coin of little value, gave rise to the phrase gazzetta de la novita, "halfpennyworth of news," which eventually gave us gazette. More...

silly season - Any slow news period characterized by trivial news or no news. More...

tidings - Probably comes from Old Norse tithindi, "news of events." More...

report - To report something is etymologically to "carry it back," from Latin reportare; the metaphorical sense of "bringing back news" also developed in Latin. More...

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