Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

intone

Definition:(verb) Recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm.
Synonyms:cantillate, chant
Usage: I heard the eight singers of the King of Sicily intone the first verse of seven o'clock mass in the Sainte-Chapelle.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Predicate Nouns

Predicate nouns are a subset of a larger category known as "subject complements," which rename or re-identify the subject. What type of verb do subject complements follow? More...
Article of the Day

The Yuezhi

Yuezhi is the Chinese name—literally translated as "Moon Clan"—for the ancient Central Asian people who originally settled in the arid grasslands of the eastern Tarim Basin area in China. Often described as a nation of nomads, the Yuezhi migrated often before moving east during the 1st century CE to found the Kushan Empire. They later expanded northward and occupied parts of their original Tarim Basin territory, gaining a strategic position along what historic trade route? More...
This Day in History

Highwayman Joseph "Blueskin" Blake Hanged (1724)

In the early 18th century, English criminal Jonathan Wild maintained a highly organized gang of thieves and long escaped punishment by posing as an instrument of justice and helping the authorities catch other criminals independent of, or rebellious to, his control. One such criminal was Blake, who was arrested after a burglary. He was tried, convicted, and hanged. What other notorious criminal—Blake's partner in crime—escaped from prison when Blake attacked a witness at his trial? More...
Today's Birthday

Alessandro Moreschi (1858)

Moreschi was the late 19th century's most famous castrato—a male singer who undergoes castration before puberty and, as a result, retains a soprano or alto voice that becomes extraordinarily powerful as he develops the lung capacity and physical bulk of an adult. He was first soprano in the Sistine Chapel choir for 30 years and was the only castrato of the bel canto tradition to make solo sound recordings. What do modern music critics say about the singing featured in these recordings? More...
Quotation of the Day
In free society, art is not a weapon and it does not belong to the sphere of polemics and ideology. Artists are not engineers of the soul.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

Up to (one's) neck in alligators

business adage The full expression is some variation of: "When you are up to your neck in alligators, it's easy to forget that the goal was to drain the swamp." It is easy to be so overcome or preoccupied by various tangential worries, problems, or tasks that one loses sight of the ultimate goal or objective. More...
Today's Holiday

Polish Independence Day (2019)

This national holiday commemorates the re-creation of the state of Poland at the end of World War I. On November 11, 1918, Poland was granted independence after having been partitioned under the rule of Prussia, Austria, and Russia for more than 100 years. After the Soviet system took over the country, the holiday was abolished. But in 1989, after the Communist government fell, Independence Day was once again a national holiday. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: navel

omphalos - From the Greek word meaning "navel"—for the round stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi supposed to mark the center of the earth—it describes the center, heart, or hub of a place, organization, or sphere of activity. More...

omphaloskepsis - Contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation. More...

navel, umbilicus, belly button, omphalodium - The navel is also the umbilicus, belly button, or omphalodium; navel and umbilicus share the same Indo-European root. More...

umbilical - From Latin umbilicus, "navel." More...

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