Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 24, 2018)
Word of the Day

self-abasement

Definition:(noun) Degradation or humiliation of oneself, especially because of feelings of guilt or inferiority.
Synonyms:self-mortification, penance
Usage: "Let them break my heart if they like," she had thought to herself, in the self-abasement of that bitter moment; "it will be no more than I have deserved."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Declension

Declension collectively refers to the inflection (change in form) of nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs to reflect certain aspects of how they are used in a sentence. How does declension differ from conjugation? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Kleenex

Since 1924, "Kleenex" has been the trademarked brand name of facial tissues manufactured by Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc. The global popularity of the product, originally marketed to the public as a cold cream remover and later, in the 1930s, as a disposable handkerchief, has led consumers to use the Kleenex name when referring to any tissue, regardless of brand. In what country had another form of tissue been used for centuries before Kleenex appeared? More...
This Day in History

Pluto Gets Demoted (2006)

Although it was recognized as a planet for decades, Pluto is much smaller than the other planets in our solar system and more closely resembles a giant comet nucleus. Consequently, the International Astronomical Union demoted Pluto to the category of dwarf planet, which reflected astronomers' conclusion that it is a member of the Kuiper belt, a strip of billions of icy bodies orbiting the Sun beyond the orbit of Neptune. What objects in the outer region of the solar system exceed Pluto in size? More...
Today's Birthday

Lavinia Fontana (1552)

One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects. What are some of her major works? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

a bit of a stretch

A mild exaggeration beyond the truth or what is likely the case. More...
Today's Holiday

WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival (2019)

The WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival is held every year in late August in Portland, Maine. More than 300 artists typically display their work at the outdoor event, which draws thousands of visitors to the festival area. The exhibit is juried, with cash prizes for first, second, and third place. For the fourth prize, the winning art work becomes part of the permanent art collection of the festival sponsor, local television station WCSH 6. Its organizers bill it as the largest and oldest one-day art show in northern New England. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pen

lapsus calami, lapsus memoriae - A lapsus calami is a slip of the pen; a lapsus memoriae is a slip of the memory. More...

ruling pen - A type of pen used in graphic design and calligraphy for drawing precise lines of various thicknesses. More...

nom de plume - Literally "name of the pen," meaning "pseudonym." More...

trait - A stroke of a pen or pencil. More...

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