Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 25, 2020)
Word of the Day

chintzy

Definition:(adjective) Embarrassingly stingy.
Synonyms:cheap
Usage: I cannot afford to spend much on her gift, but if I wait for things to go on sale, I can stay within my budget without appearing chintzy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Subject

The subject in a sentence or clause is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. Only that which has the grammatical function of a noun can be the subject of a clause. Why? More...
Article of the Day

Thomas Gainsborough

Gainsborough was a British landscape and portrait painter. While he painted landscapes for pleasure, portraiture was his profession. In 1759, he moved to the fashionable spa of Bath, where his works would be seen by a wider—and wealthier—public. During that time, he developed a lucrative portrait practice and completed his famous The Blue Boy. He was a favorite of the royal family and appears to have been preferred above his rival, what other famous portrait painter? More...
This Day in History

United Negro College Fund Established (1944)

Founded in 1944 by Frederick D. Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) provides college tuition for African-American students and scholarship funds for its approximately 40 member colleges. Many of its beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend college, and it counts many distinguished individuals among its alumni, including Martin Luther King, Jr. The UNCF motto is one of the most well known slogans in the history of advertising. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Karel Appel (1921)

Appel was a Dutch painter and sculptor, and co-founder of the abstract expressionist group COBRA, whose members hailed from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Active from 1948 to 1951, the group created work featuring primary colors and spontaneous brushwork. Appel's own style was characterized by violent color and crude, reductive figures. Later in life, he turned to creating figurative sculptures in wood and metal. Why was Appel's fresco in Amsterdam City Hall covered up? More...
Quotation of the Day
At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have the goods on (someone)

To have incriminating evidence or proof against someone. More...
Today's Holiday

World Malaria Day (2020)

World Malaria Day (formerly Africa Malaria Day) is sponsored by Roll Back Malaria, an organization whose members include representatives from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the United Nations, the World Bank, and various member organizations. It is a day dedicated to raising public awareness about malaria prevention and treatment, as well as the economic and social toll the disease takes on poor countries. Activities include special media campaigns, demonstrations of the proper use of treated mosquito netting, lectures about the disease, and other educational events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rolling

beachcomber - A long wave rolling in from the sea. More...

sprag - A block placed behind a car wheel to keep it from rolling down a hill. More...

keep the ball rolling - An allusion to rugby or bandy. More...

voluble - "Flowing with speech, talkative"; such a person has words "rolling" off their tongue. More...

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