Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

jongleur

Definition:(noun) A wandering minstrel, poet, or entertainer in medieval England and France.
Synonyms:folk singer, minstrel, poet-singer, troubadour
Usage: The group of jongleurs was so popular that King Edward requested a private performance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Question Marks

Question marks ( ? ) are used to identify sentences that ask a question (technically known as interrogative sentences). What are indirect questions? More...
Article of the Day

Space Food

The weightlessness experienced by humans in space poses a number of challenges in the performance of day-to-day tasks. Early experts feared that weightless conditions would make food difficult to swallow, allowing it to collect dangerously in the throat. Scientists began developing bite-sized cubes, freeze-dried powders, and semiliquid space foods for astronaut use, but the space travelers found the foods unappetizing, difficult to rehydrate, and messy. How have these concerns been addressed? More...
This Day in History

George Westinghouse Patents the Automatic Air Brake (1872)

Prior to the advent of trucking in the early 1900s, rail was the only efficient way to transport goods over land. However, before the 1870s, there was no easy way to quickly stop the extremely heavy freight trains. Brakemen scrambled over the tops of moving cars to activate hand brakes on each one. The system was unreliable, resulting in frequent derailments, and many brakemen were killed or maimed after falling from trains. The air brake solved all of those problems. How did it work? More...
Today's Birthday

Howard Pyle (1853)

Pyle was an American illustrator and writer who specialized in tales of chivalry and adventure for children. He rewrote and realistically illustrated classic tales about figures like Robin Hood and King Arthur, adapting the stories to suit a younger audience. In 1900, he founded an art school, and many of his students went on to become famous illustrators themselves. Today, he is considered the father of American illustration. Which noted Post-Impressionist painter was an admirer of Pyle's work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

find (something) out the hard way

To learn or discover something through personal experience, especially that which is difficult, painful, or unpleasant. Can also be phrased as "find out about something the hard way." More...
Today's Holiday

Tlacaxipehualiztli (Festival of Xipe Totec) (2020)

Among the Aztec Indians of Mexico, Xipe Totec was a god of war. The observance of his festival took place in March according to the Gregorian calendar. Xipe Totec was often referred to as "Our Lord the Flayed One" (or, "the Flayer"), and images of him show the god wearing a human skin. The Festival was an occasion for Aztec warriors to mimic the god. They killed their prisoners of war and removed their skins from their bodies. They would then wear these skins for the entire 20-day month and hold mock battles, after which they would discard the now-rotting skins into caves or bury them. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: paint

paint chip - A card showing a color or range of related colors available as paint (especially for walls). More...

pigment - From Latin pingere, "paint," it is a chemical that absorbs only certain colors from white light. More...

picture - Ultimately from Latin pingere, "paint." More...

rouge - Rouge can also be called paint. More...

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