Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

tortuosity

Definition:(noun) The quality or condition of being tortuous; twistedness or crookedness.
Synonyms:crookedness, torsion, contortion
Usage: The old tree was enormous, and they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Shall

The modal auxiliary verb "shall" is used in many of the same ways as "will," including to form future tenses and to make requests or offers. Generally, "shall" is only used with what subject pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Codex Seraphinianus

Written and illustrated by Italian architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini over a 30-month period from 1976 to 1978, Codex Seraphinianus is a visual encyclopedia of an unknown world. Each of the book's 11 chapters uses an incomprehensible alphabetic language and colorful textbook-style illustrations to describe the world's nature and various aspects of life, including its surreal animals, machines, and history. What chapter is thought to be the most abstract and enigmatic? More...
This Day in History

Korean War Begins (1950)

After WWII, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel, with Soviet forces occupying the north and US forces occupying the south. Negotiations to reunify the two zones failed, and in 1950 the North invaded the South. US President Harry Truman ordered troops to assist South Korea, and the UN backed the mission. As UN troops advanced across North Korea, the People's Republic of China intervened, pushing them back to the original boundary at the 38th parallel. How many people were killed in the war? More...
Today's Birthday

Sidney Lumet (1924)

Lumet was an American film and television director with over 50 films to his name, three of which received Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He began acting as a child, appearing in Yiddish productions and on Broadway. After serving in WWII, he began directing plays and teaching acting. He directed more than 200 television dramas before making his debut as a movie director in 1957 with the acclaimed Twelve Angry Men. For what did Lumet receive an Academy Award in 2005? More...
Quotation of the Day
I never could have done what I have done, without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one object at a time.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

not say boo to a goose

To be particularly shy, diffident, or timid by nature. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Statehood Day (2019)

Croatians mark this national holiday to commemorate the country's declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on June 25, 1991. This holiday is distinct from the country's Independence Day on October 8, when the implementation of the declaration went into effect. Offices, businesses, and schools are closed in Croatia on Statehood Day. Wreaths are laid and candles lit at sites of fallen soldiers, including the graves of national heroes. Past celebrations have included a ceremonial line-up of military troops in the central square of the country's capital, Zagreb, and speeches by the country's leaders. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sits

trimmer - One who sits on the fence or remains neutral about political issues. More...

insessor - One who sits in or on/upon something. More...

nest - From Indo-European nizdos, literally "(place where the bird) sits down." More...

soot - Etymologically, something that "sits" on something else—like film settling on a surface. More...

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