Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

cosmopolitan

Definition:(adjective) Pertinent or common to the whole world.
Synonyms:ecumenical, general, universal, worldwide
Usage: World peace is an issue of cosmopolitan import.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Ambitransitive Verbs

Some action verbs can be both transitive and intransitive, depending on the context of the sentence or what information the speaker wishes to include. These are sometimes known as "ambitransitive verbs." What are some examples of ambitransitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The P-51 Mustang

A single-seat, single-engine monoplane produced for Britain's Royal Air Force and later adopted by the US Air Force, the P-51 Mustang was a fighter aircraft that played a significant part in defeating the German Luftwaffe during World War II. Originally equipped with eight machine guns and a camera for reconnaissance, the P-51 was a superb long-range fighter with a maximum speed of 390 mph (630 km/h). Though eventually replaced by jet fighters, P-51s were used in some air forces until when? More...
This Day in History

Sandra Day O'Connor Becomes First Female US Supreme Court Justice (1981)

O'Connor is a lawyer and jurist who was the first female associate justice of the US Supreme Court. She served as an assistant state attorney general in her home state of Arizona in the late 1960s and, in 1969, was appointed to the state senate, where she became the country's first female majority leader. She was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1981, becoming the first female justice. Who took O'Connor's Supreme Court seat when she retired in 2006? More...
Today's Birthday

Mark Rothko (1903)

Largely self-taught, Rothko was an American painter who became a leading exponent of a uniquely personal strain within the larger movement of abstract expressionism. By 1950, he was creating his so-called color-field paintings, works with large rectangles of color that express moods. In 1970, he committed suicide shortly after completing what some regard as his masterwork, a group of murals for a chapel in Houston, Texas. For what record-breaking price did one of Rothko's paintings sell in 2007? More...
Quotation of the Day
Enthusiasm, n.: A distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

corporate ladder

The hierarchy of authority and earning power within a large business or corporation, likened to the rungs of a ladder. Usually used with some variable verb or phrase referring to ascension. More...
Today's Holiday

Marshall Islands Lutok Kobban Alele (2019)

The inhabitants of the Marshall Islands have long kept a tradition centered on the alele, a soft-sided basket handmade from the native pandanus plant. "Lutok Kobban Alele" is a weeklong festival that honors the basket as a national symbol and celebrates Marshallese culture in general, concluding with an official ceremony on Manit Day, a public holiday observed on the last Friday of September. Activities take place in the capital city of Majuro and include performances by Marshallese singers and dancers, feasts, traditional storytelling, and demonstrations of basket weaving and cooking. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: soften

emollient, emolliate - Emollient is from Latin emolliere, "to soften"; to emolliate is to soften or make effeminate. More...

macerate - Meaning "to soften," it comes from Greek massein, "knead." More...

lenify, lenity - To lenify is to alleviate or soothe an emotion or suffering, from Latin lenire, "soften"; lenity means kindness or gentleness. More...

amalgamate - Seems to go back to Greek malagma, "softening." More...

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