Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

nubbly

Definition:(adjective) Rough or irregular; textured.
Synonyms:homespun, nubby, slubbed, tweedy
Usage: The seamstress preferred the nubbly, matte surface of raw silk to the glossy, smooth look of satin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Perfective vs. Imperfective Aspect

Aspect is a grammatical term that has to do with how an action, state of being, or event unfolds in relation to time. The greatest distinction is made between the perfective aspect, which focuses on actions and events as whole elements, and the imperfective aspect, which does what? More...
Article of the Day

Tiramisu: A "Pick-Me-Up"

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert typically made from sponge finger biscuits, espresso, cheese, eggs, cream, sugar, Marsala wine, cocoa, and rum. Its name literally means "pick-me-up" and is a reference to its two caffeine-containing ingredients, espresso and cocoa. Although tiramisu is one of the most popular desserts served in restaurants, there is some debate about its origin, as there is no documented mention of it before 1983. What are some theories regarding how it was first created? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Chalons (451 CE)

Perhaps one of the most important battles of late antiquity, the Battle of Chalons is known only from written records and its exact location remains a mystery, though it probably took place in northeastern France. In this battle, the Romans and Visigoths stopped the advance of the Huns under Attila and, some say, preserved Western civilization. The battle was brutal, and legend holds that the ghosts of the dead continued to fight for days. By some accounts, the battle was fought over what woman? More...
Today's Birthday

Errol Flynn (1909)

As a young man, the Australian-born Flynn led an adventurous life, pursuing various careers in the Pacific before taking up acting in England. He soon became a Hollywood star, playing swashbuckling heroes in such films as Captain Blood and Robin Hood. Scandals involving drinking and womanizing marred his reputation, and his career faltered until a lauded return in The Sun Also Rises in 1957. Numerous legends surround the circumstances of his death. What were his last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art is the great democrat, calling forth creative genius from every sector of society, disregarding race or religion or wealth or color.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

in no way

Not at all; not by any means. More...
Today's Holiday

West Virginia Day (2017)

West Virginia Day is a state holiday in West Virginia to celebrate its joining the Union in 1863 as the 35th state. The creation of the state was a result of the Civil War. The settlers of western Virginia defied the state's vote to secede from the Union, and on June 20 West Virginia formally entered the Union as an anti-slave state. The day is marked with ceremonies at the state capitol in Charleston and at the West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. It was there that the conventions were held to declare West Virginia's independence from Virginia. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: presence

hoodoo - A person who practices voodoo; the word also describes a person or thing whose presence is supposed to bring bad luck. More...

al fresco - Implies the presence of some nearby structure (one does not hike al fresco). More...

pyrosis - Heartburn is actually pyrosis, caused by the presence of gastric secretions, called reflux, in the lower esophagus. More...

evince - To indicate, to reveal the presence of a quality or feeling. More...

In the News

Meditation and Yoga May Actually Change Our DNA, Study Finds

Mindfulness has become a trendy buzzword among the wellness community. Yoga studios and meditation centers continue to pop up as people seek refuge from being constantly on the go (and feeling the draining effects). But it turns out these practices are ... More...
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