Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 2, 2019)
Word of the Day

demitasse

Definition:(noun) Small cup of strong black coffee without milk or cream.
Synonyms:cafe noir
Usage: He began to frequent another cafe, where more newspapers were taken and his postprandial demitasse cost him a penny extra.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Anticipatory "It"

There are a number of other situations where "it" can be used as a dummy pronoun, without pertaining to weather, distance, or time. What is the anticipatory "it"? More...
Article of the Day

Ziusudra

According to some ancient sources, Ziusudra was the last king of Sumer prior to the deluge described in the Sumerian flood myth. The earliest version of this myth, recorded in cuneiform on a tablet in the 17th century BCE, recounts how the hero, Ziusudra, survives the flood and is rewarded with immortality. His story is quite similar to biblical accounts of Noah and to the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, which features a hero named Utnapishtim. What is the meaning of the name "Ziusudra"? More...
This Day in History

"Teflon Don" Hit with Charges that Finally Stick (1992)

For years, John "the Teflon Don" Gotti, the dapper NYC boss of the Gambino crime family, got away with murder—literally. Criminal charges slid off him time after time thanks to his long reach, which extended to witnesses and jurors alike. But Gotti's "luck" ran out in 1992. After a nearly two-month trial, he was convicted of racketeering and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The FBI had finally gotten its man. How had prosecutors managed to get the charges to stick? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Ernst (1891)

Having served in World War I, German-born French painter and sculptor Max Ernst at first gravitated toward the Dada movement, but the former student of psychology and philosophy eventually became one of the founders of surrealism. Apart from the medium of collage, for which he is well known, Ernst developed other devices to express his fantastic vision, like frottage, in which a drawing tool is rubbed over paper laid on a textured surface, and grattage, a technique consisting of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

not get a wink of sleep

To not get any sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Pascua Florida Day (2022)

Although no one knows for certain the date on which Ponce de León landed at Florida in 1513, it is widely believed that he first stepped ashore on April 2. He named the land Pascua Florida because it was Eastertime. Pascua is a Spanish word meaning "Easter," and Florida means "flowering" or "full of flowers." The Florida state legislature designated April 2 Florida State Day in 1953. The week ending on April 2 is known as Pascua Florida Week, a time when people are encouraged to attend special programs devoted to the area's discovery and history. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lapis lazuli

azure stone - Another name for the lapis lazuli. More...

lapis lazuli - A sky-blue semiprecious stone, it is pronounced lap-us-LAY-zuh-lee. More...

sapphire - From Greek sappheiros, "lapis lazuli" or "blue stone." More...

ultramarine - First a blue pigment made from lapis lazuli, imported from Asia by sea, so, in Latin, it was ultramarinus, "beyond the seas." More...

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