Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 24, 2022)
Word of the Day

phantasmagoric

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by fantastic imagery and incongruous juxtapositions.
Synonyms:surrealistic
Usage: The phantasmagoric imagery, with melting clocks and unreal landscapes, is what attracts many to Salvador Dali's work.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Reflexive Verbs

Reflexive verbs are verbs whose subjects are also their direct objects—that is, the action of the verb is both committed and received by the same person or thing. Reflexive verbs can most easily be identified by the use of what? More...
Article of the Day

The First Red Scare

After World War I, the US was gripped by fears of communist and anarchist infiltration. Pressured by Congress, the Justice Department launched massive raids—led by Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer—targeting communists, anarchists, and foreigners. More than 10,000 people were arrested and hundreds were deported, some for membership in Communist or left-wing groups, others on no greater pretext than that they looked or sounded foreign. What non-event effectively ended the Scare in 1920? More...
This Day in History

Woolworth Building Opens in New York City (1913)

The 60-story Woolworth Building is one of the oldest and most famous skyscrapers in New York City. It was constructed in the neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth to design a new corporate headquarters for his company in Lower Manhattan, opposite City Hall. The project cost $13.5 million, which Woolworth paid in cash. Topping out at 792 ft (241 m), the Woolworth Building was the tallest in the world until 1930, when it was overtaken by what building? More...
Today's Birthday

William I of Orange (1533)

William I of Orange was born to the house of Nassau and became prince of Orange in 1544. Though he initially served the Spanish king as a diplomat, Spanish encroachments on the independence of the Netherlands and the introduction of the Spanish Inquisition led him to turn against Spain. He subsequently led the Dutch revolt that instigated the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces of the Netherlands in 1648. How did he earn the epithet "the Silent"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

scare story

A story or rumor that makes something seem more serious, dreadful, or terrifying than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Armenian Martyrs' Day (2022)

Armenian Martyrs' Day is a day of remembrance for the one million Armenians who died in the Turkish massacre of 1915-16. On April 24, 1915, Turks arrested Armenian political and intellectual leaders in Istanbul, killing 250 of them. That was the start of deportations, forced marches in the desert, rapes, and imprisonments that killed half the Armenian population in Turkey. Armenian communities throughout the world observe this day. In the United States, many state governors issue proclamations of remembrance; there are also special services in Armenian churches. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scales

mechanical drawing - One made with scales, rulers, and compasses. More...

ctenoid - Means "resembling a thin-toothed comb"—like the scales of some fish. More...

level - Based on Latin libella, a diminutive of libra, "balance; scales." More...

scab - First pertained to any skin disease in which pustules or scales were formed, and is from Old Norse skabbr, "crust over a wound." More...

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