Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 9, 2017)
Word of the Day

surreptitious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed.
Synonyms:furtive, stealthy, sneaky
Usage: She stole a surreptitious glance at him, but he, too, seemed to have been caught up by Rose's gay, good humor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous is often used to talk about something that began happening in the past (anytime "before now") and which is still happening (unfinished) in the present. We usually specify the duration of time involved, especially using which two prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

The Ghost Dance

The Ghost Dance is the main ritual of a messianic religious movement that gained a widespread following among Native American groups in the American West during the late 19th century. The dance, which incorporates traditional circle dance rituals, was created by a member of the Paiute tribe known as Wovoka, who taught that it would hasten the ousting of whites, the restoration of traditional lands, and the resurrection of the dead. What role did the Ghost Dance play in the Wounded Knee massacre? More...
This Day in History

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Wed (2005)

The 2005 wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker Bowles capped off a decades-long romance that began in the 1970s, while both were single, and continued through both of their marriages—his to Diana Spencer, hers to Andrew Parker Bowles—as well as their respective divorces. The scandal of their affair tainted public perceptions of the pair and mired their union in controversy. When they finally wed, it was in a civil rather than religious ceremony. Why was the wedding postponed for one day? More...
Today's Birthday

Tom Lehrer (1928)

Despite being a mathematician who led a long career in academia, Lehrer is best known for the few dozen humorous songs he wrote in the 1950s and 60s. He largely tried to dodge the limelight, but his satirical treatment of serious subjects nevertheless gained him a significant cult following and influenced later performers of parody, like "Weird Al" Yankovic. According to an urban legend—one denied by the man himself—Lehrer gave up political satire after the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

a match made in hell

An extremely ill-suited pairing of people or things; a match that will result in a particularly negative or disastrous outcome. (A play on the more common phrase "a match made in heaven," meaning the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Appomattox Day (2018)

The Civil War ended on April 9, 1865, in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, when Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant of the Union army accepted the surrender of General Robert E. Lee of the Confederacy. The most widespread celebration of Appomattox Day took place in 1965 during the Civil War centennial year. The day was noted across the country with costumed pageants, books and articles reflecting on the war, and concerts of martial music. Although the anniversary is not observed on a yearly basis, reenactments of the historic surrender are held periodically. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pottery

craze - First a crack or flaw; to craze is to produce minute cracks on the surface of pottery. More...

fictile - An adjective meaning "pertaining to pottery" or "suitable for making pottery." More...

ceramic, earthenware - Pottery made from clay is called ceramic or earthenware. More...

slip - As in pottery, it derives from Norwegian slip/slipa, "slime on fish." More...

In the News

The Arctic Ocean Is Becoming More Like the Atlantic Ocean

The Arctic is undergoing an astonishingly rapid transition as climate change overwhelms the region. New research sheds light on the latest example of the changes afoot, showing that parts of the Arctic Ocean are becoming more like the Atlantic. Warm waters are ... More...
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