Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

opine

Definition:(verb) Express one's opinion openly and without fear or hesitation.
Synonyms:animadvert, sound off, speak out, speak up
Usage: "I dare say it is all for the best," opined Mrs. Munt.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Choosing the Correct Demonstrative Adjective

"This," "That," "These," and "Those" are the four common demonstrative adjectives in English. Which ones are used to refer to people and objects that are plural? More...
Article of the Day

Ventriloquism

Ventriloquism is the art of projecting one's voice in such a way that the sound seems to come from a source other than the speaker, often a dummy or doll whose mouth is moved by the ventriloquist. Dating to ancient times, ventriloquism was initially associated with divination and only evolved into a performance art around the 16th century. It later developed through Vaudeville into the comedic style common today. How do ventriloquists mimic sounds that require the lips to be pressed together? More...
This Day in History

Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 Begins (1971)

When East Pakistan demanded greater autonomy from West Pakistan in 1971, civil war erupted. Millions of East Pakistanis fled to India, which West Pakistan then attacked. India responded by attacking both East and West Pakistan, occupying the eastern half and throwing its support behind the independence movement. The war lasted 13 days and ended with Pakistan's surrender. East Pakistan then declared independence and became Bangladesh. Why was the Taj Mahal covered with burlap during the conflict? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Freud (1895)

The youngest daughter of renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud—the founder of psychoanalysis—Anna Freud went on to become a pioneer in child psychology. In 1938, she and her terminally ill father escaped Nazi-controlled Austria for London. There, she founded and directed a clinic for child therapy. Her writings include Normality and Pathology in Childhood and three books on the effects of war on children. Her own childhood was marked by what her father called her "age-old jealousy" of whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

all of a dither

In a nervous, confused, or agitated state. More...
Today's Holiday

National Finals Rodeo (2020)

Rodeo's premier event, sometimes called the Super Bowl of rodeos, is a 10-day affair that has been held since 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is reserved for the top 15 contestants in each of seven events: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, women's barrel racing, and bull riding. The winners are considered the world champions in their event. Events during the 10 days of rodeo include a convention and trade show, horsemanship competitions, a hoedown, cowboy poetry gatherings, fashion shows, and dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: science fiction

droid - A robot in science fiction, it is a shortening of android. More...

death ray - Was a staple of (pulp) science fiction in the mid-20th century. More...

time warp - A concept that arose in the 1950s and originally applied to science fiction. More...

warp speed - Alludes to the use in science fiction, especially the speed used for interstellar travel in the science fiction television series Star Trek. More...

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