Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

epicure

Definition:(noun) A person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink).
Synonyms:gastronome, bon vivant, foodie, gourmet
Usage: He fancied himself an epicure and dined out at the finest restaurants every night.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Simple Tense

The simplest way we create the future simple tense is by using the modal verb "will" + the bare infinitive (without "to") of the main verb of the sentence. How else can the future simple tense be formed? More...
Article of the Day

The Art of Eating Fire

Fire-eaters are entertainers who extinguish flaming objects and transfer flames using their mouths and other body parts. The tradition of fire-eating was embedded in the spiritual performances of Hindu ascetics, and by the late 1880s, these daring acts had become a standard element in sideshow productions. Extinguishing tricks are the traditional hallmark of fire-eating, and performers often use their mouths to snuff out 1, 2, or even 3 flaming torches. What is the “secret” to fire-eating? More...
This Day in History

Coney Island's Dreamland Park Burns (1911)

Dreamland was, for a brief time, one of the many attractions in Coney Island—a popular New York seaside resort area. An amusement park, Dreamland featured rides and exhibitions of curiosities, including caged animals, and, more bizarrely, a display of premature infants in incubators. In 1911, a fire sparked by light bulbs ripped through the largely wooden park, creating chaos as animals escaped. Fortunately, the babies were carried to safety, and no one was killed. What became of Dreamland? More...
Today's Birthday

Julia Ward Howe (1819)

An American author and social reformer, Howe wrote and lectured on behalf of women's suffrage, African-American emancipation, and other causes and helped found a world peace organization. In November 1861, after watching Union troops march into battle during the US Civil War, she wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," her most famous work. Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, it became the semiofficial song of the Union Army. Where did the music for the song come from? More...
Quotation of the Day
The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

kiss and cry

An area in an ice skating rink where figure skaters rest while awaiting their results after a competitive performance. So named because competitors typically celebrate or commiserate (depending on their performance) with coaches, friends, or family in this location. More...
Today's Holiday

National Reconciliation Week (2021)

Australia sets aside the week between May 27 and June 3 to honor the culture and history of its Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, and to promote reconciliation and forgiveness for the treatment that these indigenous peoples have suffered at the hands of white Australians. Since it was first held in 1996, National Reconciliation Week has featured various activities designed to promote understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, such as the People's Walk for Reconciliation across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pigments

pastel - First pertained to pigment or paste and evolved to mean light or pale colors. More...

excipient - An inactive substance that serves as the vehicle or medium for a drug; it is also the material or surface that receives the pigments in painting. More...

primary colors, secondary colors - In dyes, pigments, and paints, the primary colors are red, yellow, and blue—which mix to make the secondary colors: orange, green, and purple. More...

raw sienna, burnt sienna - Raw sienna is a brownish-yellow earth color obtained from a natural clay containing iron and manganese; burnt sienna is reddish-brown. More...

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