Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

extempore

Definition:(adjective) Spoken, carried out, or composed with little or no preparation or forethought.
Synonyms:ad-lib, extemporaneous, impromptu, off-the-cuff, offhand, offhanded, unrehearsed
Usage: The class performed an extempore skit that condensed the complex plot of Shakespeare's Hamlet into a single, 15-minute act.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Focusing Adverbs that Add Information

Focusing adverbs are used to draw attention to a particular part of a clause. When we want to emphasize information that is being added to previous information, what three focusing adverbs can we use? More...
Article of the Day

Faraday Cages

In 1836, scientist Michael Faraday observed that a charge on a conductor resides only on its surface and does not impact anything enclosed within. To demonstrate this, he coated a room with metal foil, had high-voltage discharges strike its exterior, and showed with an electroscope that no electric charge reached the interior. Today, any container made of a conductor that shields its interior from electric fields is called a Faraday cage. What common modes of transportation act as Faraday cages? More...
This Day in History

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Premieres (1937)

Snow White was the first full-length animated feature film in history. It was animated entirely by hand and took Walt Disney and his studio three years to complete. It was exponentially more expensive than the animated shorts the studio had produced until that time and met with considerable opposition. Disney eventually had to mortgage his house to help finance the project, which was derisively nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by those in the film industry. How much did the film go on to earn? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Leroy Jackson (1948)

Jackson is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 movies since making his feature film debut in the 1970s, and he claims to have seen every one of his films in theaters alongside paying customers. He is best known for his role as a philosophical hit man in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction. In 2006, he decided to star in the film Snakes on a Plane based solely on its title. What other film did Jackson agree to appear in without reading the script? More...
Quotation of the Day
The latter part of a wise man's life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

go stir-crazy

To become acutely anxious, restless, irritable, irrational, and/or depressed from remaining for too long in an unstimulating, confined, and/or isolated environment. "Stir" in this usage is a slang word for prison. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Juul (2017)

The Feast of Juul was a pre-Christian festival observed in Scandinavia at the time of the Winter Solstice. Fires were lit to symbolize the heat, light, and life-giving properties of the returning sun. A Yule (or Juul) log was brought in with great ceremony and burned on the hearth in honor of the Scandinavian god Thor. A piece of the log was kept as both a token of good luck and as kindling for the following year's log. The present-day custom of lighting a Yule log at Christmas is believed to have originated in the bonfires associated with the Feast of Juul. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tables

waitron - A person, male or female, who waits on tables at a restaurant. More...

backgammon - Appears to literally mean "back game," and was first called tables; gammon is the ancestor of game. More...

busboy - A person who clears the dirty dishes from diners' tables, so called from his "bus" or trolley. More...

turn the tables - May come from backgammon, as the game itself was once called tables, and the two halves of the playing board are still called tables. More...

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