Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

insentient

Definition:(adjective) Devoid of sensation or consciousness; inanimate.
Synonyms:insensate
Usage: Jim thought he might be losing his mind when he caught himself talking to insentient objects.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question—that is, we use it when we interrogate someone for information. When we make sentences into questions, we almost always use auxiliary verbs that are inverted with the subject. What is this known as? More...
Article of the Day

Klaus Barbie

Barbie, nicknamed the Butcher of Lyon for his brutality, was a high-ranking German Nazi official. The SS commander personally tortured prisoners and ordered the deportation of 44 Jewish orphans to Auschwitz. Following the end of WWII, Barbie was employed by the US intelligence services in Germany before fleeing to Bolivia in 1951. He was located there by Nazi hunters in 1971, and was convicted of crimes against humanity in France in 1987. Barbie is blamed for the deaths of how many people? More...
This Day in History

Kenya Gains Independence from the United Kingdom (1963)

European settlers began establishing themselves as large-scale farmers in the Kenyan highlands in 1903, taking lands from local tribes like the Kikuyu and Masai. In 1920, the British designated the interior of the region Kenya Colony and a coastal strip the Protectorate of Kenya. Africans began protesting their inferior status, and the Kikuyu staged an armed revolt in the 1950s. Britain eventually put down the rebellion, but Kenya gained its independence soon after. Who was its first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Edvard Munch (1863)

Best known as the painter of The Scream, Munch was a Norwegian artist and an important forerunner of expressionistic art. His early life was marked by the deaths of his mother and favorite sister, and he said about his father: "From him I inherited the seeds of madness." Aestheticizing his trauma, Munch visually explored primal themes like death, sex, and fear. Reaction to his stark and sometimes fearsome images caused his first major exhibition to be closed. How did he feel about this? More...
Quotation of the Day
In art economy is always beauty.

Henry James (1843-1916)

Idiom of the Day

anonymous tip

Information about something (typically criminal or illegal activity) that is offered by an anonymous source. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Spyridon Day (2019)

St. Spyridon is the patron saint of Corfu, Zakynthos, and Kephalonia, located off the western coast of Greece. He supposedly attended the Nicene Council (325) and defended the Apostolic faith against the Arians. After his death, his relics were brought from Cyprus to Constantinople and then to Corfu in 1456. Every year a sacred relic of the saint, dressed in costly vestments, is carried through the streets on his feast day. Colorful folk festivities complete the day-long celebration. This day is celebrated on December 14 in the Roman Catholic Church. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shoes

pumps - The shoes are so named for the sound they make. More...

revamp - Originally referred to shoes—vamp being the covering of the instep. More...

Brannock device - The device used to measure feet for shoes. More...

be down on your uppers - To be down on your uppers (referring to shoes) is to be scuffing along, in poor circumstances. More...

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