Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 20, 2015)
Word of the Day

tatterdemalion

Definition:(noun) A person wearing ragged or tattered clothing.
Synonyms:ragamuffin
Usage: It was a crew of tatterdemalions that limped and straggled and wandered back into Barnesdale that day.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound-Complex Sentences

Compound-complex sentences are made up of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. In a compound-complex sentence, how is the complex independent clause joined to the other independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision devices (NVDs) are optical instruments that allow for vision in the dark by detecting visible and infrared energy and providing a visible image. Although they are available to civilians, goggles and other NVDs are typically used by law enforcement agencies and the military. Introduced in the 20th century, NVDs have been used widely since the Vietnam War. They also played a key role in Operation Neptune Spear—the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. What was the “snooperscope”? More...
This Day in History

Metropolitan Museum of Art Opens in New York City (1872)

"The Met" is the foremost repository of art in the US, with a collection of more than two million works of art. Established for the purpose of encouraging the study of fine art, the museum opened in 1872 with just one stone sarcophagus and 174 paintings. However, the collection quickly outgrew its gallery space and in 1880 was moved to its iconic present-day location on the eastern edge of Central Park. In recent decades, the Met has used what controversial practice to acquire high-quality art? More...
Today's Birthday

Kurt Cobain (1967)

Cobain formed the rock trio Nirvana in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1986. The group's second album, Nevermind, featured the iconic hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and was the first punk-oriented album to achieve popularity with a mainstream audience. However, Cobain railed against his fame in Nirvana's next album, In Utero. Known for his self-destructive behavior and heroin use, he committed suicide in 1994. What tribute to Cobain is featured on a sign in his hometown? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is nothing so dangerous for anyone who has something to hide as conversation! A human being, Hastings, cannot resist the opportunity to reveal himself and express his personality which conversation gives him. Every time he will give himself away.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976)

Idiom of the Day

written all over (one's) face

Evident by one's facial expression. Said of one's emotions or inner thoughts. More...
Today's Holiday

Chinese New Year Spring Festival (2015)

The Lunar New Year is the most important and the longest of all Chinese festivals, celebrated by Chinese communities throughout the world. Dragon and lion dances are performed, and there are acrobatic demonstrations and much beating of gongs. An ancient custom is giving red packets of money called hung-pao or lai see to children. In most Asian countries, people return to work after the fourth or fifth day of celebration. In Taiwan, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and the two days following are public holidays—government offices and most businesses are closed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hatred

enmity - "Hatred, ill will," the feelings of an enemy. More...

heartburn - Has an old meaning of "jealousy" or "hatred." More...

odium - Another word for hatred. More...

misoneism - People with a hatred of change or new things experience misoneism. More...

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