Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

anteroom

Definition:(noun) A large entrance or reception room or area.
Synonyms:foyer, lobby, vestibule, hall
Usage: The butler had me wait in the anteroom while he went to get the master of the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Color Wheel

A color wheel is an arrangement of hues around the circumference of a circle in the order in which they appear in the electromagnetic spectrum, with complementary colors placed opposite one another. A typical artists' color wheel includes the primary colors blue, red, and yellow; secondary colors—green, orange, and violet—created by combining two primary colors; and tertiary colors, which combine the primary colors with adjacent secondary colors. What practical uses do color wheels have? More...
This Day in History

Joseph Bonaparte Named King of Spain (1808)

The elder brother of Napoleon, Joseph Bonaparte served as king of Naples during Napoleon's reign, abolishing feudalism and reorganizing the judicial, financial, and educational systems. He was named king of Spain in 1808, but his reforms there were less successful, and he abdicated in 1813 and returned to France. After Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, Joseph lived in the US and later in Italy. What creature from American folklore was Joseph said to have encountered while in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Velázquez (1599)

The most celebrated painter of the Spanish school, Velázquez was one of the outstanding artists of the 17th century. His early works were mostly religious or genre scenes. After arriving in Madrid in 1623, he painted a portrait of King Philip IV that won him immediate success and an appointment as court painter. Notable among his portraits is his masterpiece, Las MeninasThe Maids of Honor. Why is there debate about who the true subject of the painting is? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

be held in high regard

To be regarded with a large amount of respect or admiration. More...
Today's Holiday

Lanimer Day Festival (2019)

The people of Lanark, Scotland, dedicate an entire week to inspecting and celebrating the boundary stones that enclose the territory gifted to them by King David I of Scotland in the 12th century. This event, known as the Lanimers, features public decorations, a parade of civic officials, marching bands, and a series of tableaux. The procession passes by each of the boundary stones—the days' activities close with the town clerk's pronouncement that the boundaries remain in good condition, and a 900-year-old bell rings in celebration. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: productive

cost-effective - Anything effective and productive in relation to its cost. More...

fecund, fecundation - Fecund is another word for "fertile, fruitful, productive"; fecundation is another word for "fertilization, impregnation." More...

originary - An adjective meaning "causing existence; productive," or "primitive; primary; original." More...

teemful - Fruitful, productive, prolific. More...

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