Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 16, 2022)
Word of the Day

perfidy

Definition:(noun) Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust.
Synonyms:treachery, betrayal, treason
Usage: Discovering that he had sold her confidences to the tabloids, she was outraged at his perfidy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

When to Conjugate for Person

Every verb in English (except modal auxiliary verbs) conjugates for grammatical person. However, this conjugation only occurs in one specific instance: if the subject is singular and in the third person, and if the verb is in the present simple tense. If this is the case, we most often conjugate the verb by adding what to the end? More...
Article of the Day

Melanism

Melanism is the dark coloration of the skin, hair, fur, or feathers due to a high concentration of the pigment melanin. A classic example is the panther—which is actually a black leopard. However, melanism has several variations. Pseudo-melanism occurs when dark markings cover a large part of an animal's body, while industrial melanism results in dark varieties of animals that need camouflage in smoke-blackened industrial regions. What insect is commonly associated with industrial melanism? More...
This Day in History

UK Calls Off the Toddlers' Truce (1957)

Today we are used to turning on the television at any hour of the day or night and having access to countless channels broadcasting all manner of program, but this was not always the case. In television's early days, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was the UK's sole public broadcaster; it started out with just one channel, and it cut its feed from 6PM to 7PM to accommodate parents putting their children to bed. What caused the BBC to eventually abandon the so-called Toddlers' Truce? More...
Today's Birthday

Giambattista Bodoni (1740)

As did many tradesmen of his day, Bodoni followed in his father's footsteps, training from a young age to become a printer. He apprenticed at the press of the Vatican before assuming the management of the Royal Press of the duke of Parma in 1768. He paid little mind to the quality of text he printed, prizing typeface and layout above all else. By the 1780s, he was designing his own typefaces, some of which are still in use. What distinguished his typefaces from the "old style" of William Caslon? More...
Quotation of the Day
In time we hate that which we often fear.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Idiom of the Day

be put behind bars

To be arrested and held in prison; to be serving time in prison. More...
Today's Holiday

Kamakura Matsuri (2022)

Kamakura Matsuri is held in northern Japan in the Akita Prefecture, at the time of year when there is usually deep snow on the ground. In Yokote and other towns of the region, children build Kamakura, snow houses that resemble igloos. They furnish the huts with tatami mats and a wooden altar dedicated to Suijin-sama and have parties in them, while families gather to drink sweet sake and eat rice cakes and fruits. The rice cakes are made in the shape of cranes and turtles, traditional symbols of longevity, and of dogs called inukko, thought to guard against devils. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: magician

magus - A person regarded as having great wisdom or powers likened to those of a magician. More...

archimage - A great magician, from Greek archi-, "chief, principal," and Latin magus, "magician." More...

fascinate, fascinator - Fascinate is derived from Latin fascinare, "to bewitch or enchant," and a fascinator was a magician. More...

mage, magian - Mage and magian are two other ways to say magician. More...

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