Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

bumpkin

Definition:(noun) A person who is not very intelligent or interested in culture.
Synonyms:chawbacon, hayseed, hick, rube, yahoo, yokel
Usage: Many people take one look at Farmer Dan and assume he is an unsophisticated country bumpkin, but his lectures on sustainable agriculture teach them never to judge a book by its cover.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Voice

Voice, also known as diathesis, is a grammatical feature that describes the relationship between the verb and the subject (also called the agent) in a sentence. What are the two main types of voice? More...
Article of the Day

Filk Music

Filk is a musical genre that grew out of the science-fiction and fantasy fan community. During the early days of science-fiction conventions, many participants would gather for late-night singing sessions. The phenomenon has since spread to include professional recordings and conventions devoted entirely to filk. Though filkers have been known to write songs about a variety of topics, most songs reference specific works of fiction or cultural aspects of fandom. How did the genre get its name? More...
This Day in History

The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986. In 2010, it celebrated its 10,000th performance at the same venue. It opened in New York in 1988, and went on to become the longest-running musical on Broadway. It is also the most financially successful entertainment project of all time, having earned billions of dollars. What is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera? More...
Today's Birthday

Ruth Ellis (1926)

Ellis has the notorious distinction of being the last woman executed in the UK. In 1955, a jury took just 14 minutes to convict her of murdering her lover, racecar driver David Blakely. The two had had a volatile relationship, and Ellis had previously suffered a miscarriage as a result of a punch to the stomach from Blakely, but this mattered little after she admitted openly in court that she had shot him with the intention of killing him. In what film does Ellis have an uncredited cameo? More...
Quotation of the Day
Life for most people compels the exercise of the lower gifts and wastes the precious ones, until it forces us to agree that there is little virtue, as well as little profit, in what once seemed to us the noblest part of our inheritance.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

a morning person

Someone who is more active and alert in the early hours of the morning than later in the day; an early riser. More...
Today's Holiday

Han'gul Day (2021)

This day commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet by scholars under the direction of King Sejong of the Yi Dynasty in 1446. The day is celebrated with Confucian rituals and Choson-period court dances performed at Yongnung, the king's tomb, in Yoju, Kyonggi. Yoju also stages the King Sejong Cultural Festival, with chanting and processions at Shilluksa Temple, farmers' dances, games such as tug of war, and a lantern parade. In some areas, there are calligraphy contests for both children and adults. Ceremonies are also held at the King Sejong Memorial Center near Seoul. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: riding

davering - Riding or walking in a dazed condition. More...

dressage - The art of riding and training horses, from French dresser, "to train." More...

road - First meant "riding" or "hostile incursion on horseback"—a sense preserved in "inroads." More...

jounce - To move roughly or violently up and down, as when one is riding a horse. More...

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