Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

insupportable

Definition:(adjective) Incapable of being justified or explained.
Synonyms:unwarrantable, indefensible
Usage: No matter how hard the candidate's aides tried, they could not spin his insupportable comments.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Semicolon

Semicolons ( ; ) are used for two main purposes: to separate lengthy or complex items within a list and to connect independent clauses. They are often described as being more powerful than commas, while not quite as a strong as what mark of punctuation? More...
Article of the Day

Pier Paolo Pasolini

Pasolini was an Italian writer and film director. A former Roman Catholic and a Marxist, he brought a religious and social consciousness to his work, but the eroticism and violence of his films drew criticism from religious authorities. His final work, Salo, was based on a Marquis de Sade novel and generated immense controversy. Shortly after its completion in 1975, Pasolini was murdered under mysterious circumstances, allegedly while on his way to meet with thieves who had stolen what? More...
This Day in History

Arab League Is Founded (1945)

The League of Arab States was formed in 1945 to give unified political expression to Arab nations and to foster the regional economy. It originally consisted of seven member states and has since grown to include 22. Member states collaborate on cultural, economic, and social programs and have agreed to coordinate military defense measures. They also use the league as a forum for mediating disputes. Which notable countries with large Arab populations are not members of the league? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599)

Apprenticed to a Flemish painter at age 10, van Dyck soon came under the influence of master painter Peter Paul Rubens. In 1632, he was invited by Charles I to England, where he was made court painter and knighted. Overwhelmed with commissions, van Dyck employed a team of assistants to help complete his portraits, many of which can be seen in the Louvre, the Museo del Prado, and Buckingham Palace. His works influenced generations of portraitists. What king employed van Dyck before Charles I did? More...
Quotation of the Day
For an artist to marry his model is as fatal as for a gourmet to marry his cook: the one gets no sittings, and the other gets no dinners.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Bretzelsonndeg (Pretzel Sunday) (2020)

On Bretzelsonndeg in Luxembourg, it is the custom for boys to present their sweethearts with decorated pretzel-cakes. If a girl wants to encourage the boy, she reciprocates with a decorated egg on Easter Sunday. If the pretzel-cake is large, the egg must be large also; a small cake warrants a small egg. The custom is reversed during Leap Year, when girls give cakes to boys on Pretzel Sunday, and boys return the favor with eggs at Easter. Married couples often participate in the exchange of cakes and eggs as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seconds

blipvert - A TV advertisement of a few seconds' length. More...

centiday - A period of 14 minutes 24 seconds, a hundredth of a day, used especially in the study of plant growth. More...

fireflies, lightning bug - Fireflies glow for a while but die down; lightning bugs flash their taillights for only a few seconds and never in the same place twice. More...

jiffy - An actual unit of time, .01 seconds. More...

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