Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

gaunt

Definition:(adjective) Thin and bony; angular.
Synonyms:cadaverous, haggard, pinched, skeletal, wasted
Usage: A gaunt Wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs and Indirect Objects

Only verbs that express an action being relayed to or done for another person or thing can take indirect objects. What are these verbs called? More...
Article of the Day

Taiko

Though taiko simply means "drum" in Japanese, the word is often used outside of Japan to refer to the relatively recent phenomenon of ensemble taiko drumming, and to the drums it employs, which are among the world's largest. In fact, some of these drums are so large that they remain in a single location and are never moved. Although modern taiko was established in 1951, its first recorded use was on the battlefields of ancient Japan. How were the drums used in warfare? More...
This Day in History

Olympic Medalists Create Furor with Black Power Salute (1968)

The silent protest of two black American athletes at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was an iconic and controversial statement. Sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos received their medals shoeless to draw attention to black poverty in America, and they performed the Black Power salute as their national anthem played. They were booed by the crowd and were later expelled from the staunchly apolitical games. Smith saluted with his right hand. Why was Carlos forced to salute with his left? More...
Today's Birthday

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888)

One of America's greatest playwrights, O'Neill spent his youth as a heavy-drinking, itinerant seaman, then began writing plays while recovering from tuberculosis in 1912. Within a decade, he had won his first of four Pulitzer Prizes. Extremely prolific, he wrote passionate works about tortured family relationships and spiritual conflict, including Long Day's Journey into Night and The Iceman Cometh. Both of his sons committed suicide, and he disowned his daughter for marrying whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
Folklore, legends, myths, and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous, and manifestly unreal.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

in the pocket of (someone)

Under the direct control or influence of someone or some group. More...
Today's Holiday

Europalia (2020)

Since its founding in 1969, the European arts festival known as Europalia has presented a comprehensive survey of the diverse cultural and artistic aspects of a specific country. The first several festivals were devoted to European cultures, but in 1989 the decision was made to devote the festival to a major culture from outside Europe. Most of the festival events take place in Brussels, which include art, photography, and craft exhibitions; theater, dance, and orchestral performances; literary and scientific colloquia; and film retrospectives. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: violin

chanterelle - A violin string. More...

pizzicato - Plucking of a violin. More...

f-hole - The s-shaped opening in a violin. More...

violin, fiddle - Violin is from Latin vitula, "stringed instrument"—from Vitula, a Roman goddess of joy and victory; her name also gave us fiddle. More...

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