Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 22, 2019)
Word of the Day

belly-up

Definition:(adjective) Financially ruined.
Synonyms:bankrupt
Usage: The struggling grocery store was forced to lay off several employees to avoid going belly-up.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Objects

Grammatical objects are nouns or pronouns that complete the meaning of verbs and prepositions. What is an indirect object? More...
Article of the Day

The Manananggal

The manananggal is a mythical creature of Filipino folklore usually described as an older woman capable of severing her upper body from her lower half and then taking flight with huge bat-like wings. The creature is said to hunt at night, sucking the blood of its unsuspecting victims with its proboscis-like tongue. Like vampires, the manananggal detests garlic, and smearing it on its lower body while the upper part is away will result in the creature's death. How does one become a manananggal? More...
This Day in History

The "Miracle on Ice" (1980)

Voted the greatest sports moment of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine, the unlikely victory of the US men's hockey team over its Soviet counterpart during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games has been called the "Miracle on Ice." The Soviet team was considered the world's best international hockey team, while the US team was made up of amateur and collegiate players. Who scored the decisive goal in the game, allowing the US to go on to the gold-medal game against Finland? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788)

An unhappy and solitary man, Schopenhauer was a German philosopher whose works earned him the title "the philosopher of pessimism." The bias of his own temperament and experience was crucial to the development of his celebrated philosophy—reflections on the theory of knowledge and the philosophy of nature, aesthetics, and ethics—which he presented with such clarity and skill as to gain eventual recognition as one of the great philosophers. Schopenhauer was heavily influenced by what Hindu texts? More...
Quotation of the Day
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know."

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

yap, yap, yapping all day long

Talking nonstop, especially about insignificant things. More...
Today's Holiday

Fisher Poets Gathering (2019)

The Fisher Poets Gathering annually brings together poets, musicians, and story-tellers with an interest in fishing, particularly the lives of commercial fishers. Performances and meetings take place in various venues in the historic coastal town of Astoria, Oregon. The centerpieces of the Gathering are poetry and prose readings, storytelling, and open microphone sessions in the evenings. Attendees can also enjoy live music, panels and lectures on fishing-industry issues, and art exhibits. Participants' literary contributions range from poignant personal memoirs to bawdy songs. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: opera

opera - Actually the Latin plural of opus, "labor, work." More...

prima donna - Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834. More...

primo vomo - The principal male singer in an opera. More...

soap opera - Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927). More...

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