Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, January 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

sutler

Definition:(noun) A supplier of victuals or supplies to an army.
Synonyms:provisioner, victualler
Usage: The sutler loaded his mule with provisions and followed the army.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Aspects of the Present Tense

The present tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the present simple, the present continuous (or present progressive), the present perfect, and the present perfect continuous. Although these structures are generally taught as individual "tenses" of verbs, what are they are actually? More...
Article of the Day

Hatching

Hatching and cross-hatching are artistic techniques in which artists use closely-spaced parallel or crossed lines to create tonal or shading effects in their work. By varying the length, angle, spacing, and thickness of these lines, artists achieve a variety of visual effects. Western artists developed cross-hatching in the Middle Ages, and many 15th-century old master prints contain examples of the technique. Which artist is said to have perfected the techniques in his woodcuts and engravings? More...
This Day in History

Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Clemens Honoratus Hermann Brentano (1838)

Nine years after being ordained, Brentano renounced the priesthood due to religious doubts and immersed himself more deeply in the study and teaching of philosophy. With his 1874 text Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, he sought to establish psychology as an independent science. He founded act psychology, or intentionalism, which concerns itself with the mind's "acts"—such as perception, loving, and hating—rather than its contents. Which philosophical luminaries did he influence? More...
Quotation of the Day
The man who is not loved hovers like a vulture over the sweetheart of others.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

through the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. More...
Today's Holiday

Pongal (2022)

A colorful four-day harvest celebration in southern India, Pongal honors the sun, the earth, and the cow. The first day is for cleaning everything in the house. On the second day, freshly harvested rice and jaggery (palm sugar) are put to boil in new pots, and people cry out, "Pongal!" ("It boils.") On the third day, village cows and oxen are bathed, decorated with garlands of bells, beads, and leaves, and worshipped. On the fourth day, bundles containing money are tied to the sharpened horns of bulls. Young men who are brave enough try to snatch the money from the bulls' horns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: waist

drop waist - One that has the seam at the hips, rather than the waist. More...

blouse - First a garment, usually belted at the waist, worn by peasants or workmen. More...

midriff - Based on the Old English hrif, "belly," it is the front of the body between the chest and the waist. More...

calypso - The style in which a shirt's tails are tied in a knot at the waist. More...

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