Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 20, 2022)
Word of the Day

cantabile

Definition:(adjective) In a smooth, lyrical, flowing style.
Synonyms:singing
Usage: The last part of the movement, a sweet, cantabile passage, resonated with the young audience.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs and Punctuation

When we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb, they are traditionally separated with a semicolon. It is also acceptable to use a period and keep them as two discrete sentences. Either way, the conjunctive adverb typically begins the second clause and is followed by what? More...
Article of the Day

Cryptography

Cryptography concerns the securing of information, often during communication, by translating messages into cipher or code. Ciphering has always been considered vital for diplomatic and military secrecy—the Bible is replete with examples of ciphering, and many figures throughout history have written in ciphers, including Julius Caesar, Charlemagne, Mary Queen of Scots, and Louis XIV. What legal issues and controversies surround cryptography methods in the 21st century? More...
This Day in History

Korean Air Flight 902 Shot Down by Soviet Fighters (1978)

Korean Air Flight 902 was a civilian flight attacked by Soviet fighter jets after it violated Soviet airspace and failed to communicate with interceptors. One rocket caused heavy damage to part of the left wing and punctured the fuselage, causing rapid decompression and killing two passengers. After rapidly descending, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing on a nearby frozen lake. What happened when another Korean Air flight accidentally penetrated Soviet airspace in 1983? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Chester French (1850)

French was the leading turn-of-the-century American sculptor, known for his elegant academic and historical work. After his first large piece, The Minute Man, was unveiled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1875, he received many important commissions. His most famous sculpture, executed some four decades later, is the 19-foot-high, seated marble figure of Abraham Lincoln that is the centerpiece of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. What iconic prize medal did French also design? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

popcorn flick

A film that is entertaining to watch but is generally not of a very high quality or rich in emotional or intellectual depth. More...
Today's Holiday

National Poetry Month (2022)

Established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, this month-long event centers attention on the contributions and accomplishments of American poets. It is celebrated primarily by educational institutions, libraries, bookstores, and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and Canada, and its activities include poetry readings, poetry festivals, displays and exhibits, workshops, and other events designed to help Americans of all ages learn more about poetry and its place in our contemporary culture. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hell

barathrum - A bottomless pit or hell. More...

fire and brimstone - Eternal punishment in hell (from Genesis 19:24 and Revelation 19:20). More...

pandemonium - Literally means abode of all demons (or hell), from Greek pan-, "all," and daimon, "demon(s)." More...

hell - The Indo-European root meant "covered or concealed," as hell is supposedly hidden in the dark regions near the Earth's center. More...

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