Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 10, 2016)
Word of the Day

curlicue

Definition:(noun) A fancy twist or curl, such as a flourish made with a pen.
Synonyms:squiggle
Usage: Her penmanship was beautiful, but with so many curlicues, it was hard to read.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complex Sentences

Complex sentences are made up of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. What introduces and links the dependent clause to the independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Evidence of Alien Life?

A pulsar is a rapidly spinning neutron star that emits radiation in narrow beams focused by the star's magnetic field. Because the pulsar's magnetic poles do not align with the poles of its rotational axis, the beams sweep around like the beacon of a lighthouse and are thus observed on Earth as short, regular pulses. Some scientists initially suggested that extraterrestrial civilizations were the source of the strange signals and thus dubbed the first pulsar LGM-1, which is an acronym for what? More...
This Day in History

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Opens on Broadway (1949)

Considered Miller's masterpiece, Death of a Salesman won a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play award in its first year. An unconventional tragedy, it tells the story of the last day of Willy Loman, a failed salesman betrayed by his own hollow values. The play follows Loman's stream of consciousness. As he talks to people from his past, those from his present wonder if he is unraveling. What famous actors have played Loman? More...
Today's Birthday

Leontyne Price (1927)

When she was a young girl in Mississippi, Price was given a toy piano by her parents. Her passion for music was further inflamed by a Marian Anderson performance she saw as a child. She later enrolled in Juilliard and, with her remarkable vocal range and power, went on to become one of the Metropolitan Opera's most popular stars and the first internationally recognized African-American opera singer. What unusual fee did the soprano reportedly request for a 1981 appearance with Luciano Pavarotti? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

lose (one's) spirit

To lose one's vigor, energy, hope, or resolve; to become resigned or complacent. More...
Today's Holiday

Namahage Sedo Festival (2018)

A namahage is a man dressed as a demon, wearing a grotesque mask and cape made of straw. Namahages traditionally appear on New Year's Eve at residents' homes to warn children not to be lazy. In 1964 the city of Oga adapted a community event that occurs in people's homes into a public festival that welcomes tourists. The Shinzan Shrine is the site for the festivities; in the dark, tens of people disguised as namahage parade down from the mountains and head to the shrine for music and dancing. Today a bonfire and rice cakes still await the arrival of the namahage. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: theatre

box office - An office in a theatre for booking seats, originally from "hiring a box." More...

in the wings - An expression from the theatre, referring to the areas on the sides of the stage hidden from the audience. More...

scenery, scenic - Scenery was originally theatrical—"a stage depiction of nature"—and it came to be applied to nature itself; scenic first pertained to the theatre and meant "dramatic, theatrical." More...

house - The audience at a theatre. More...

In the News

What the Earth Will Be Like in 10000 Years, According to Scientists

A large group of climate scientists has made a bracing statement in the journal Nature Climate Change, arguing that we are mistaken if we think global warming is only a matter of the next 100 years or so — in fact, they say, we are locking in changes ... More...
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