Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

parapraxis

Definition:(noun) A minor error, such as a slip of the tongue, thought to reveal a repressed motive.
Synonyms:slip-up, miscue, slip
Usage: She thought her verbal blunder was just a silly mistake, but her friend, a Freud enthusiast, tried to convince her that the parapraxis actually had great significance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominal Adjectives

Nominal adjectives perform the function of a noun in a sentence. They are preceded by the word "the" and can be the subject or object of a sentence or clause. What are some nominal adjectives that are used to refer to groups of people? More...
Article of the Day

Touch Pieces

Touch pieces are coins and medals—especially those with special designs or features—whose superstitious owners believe the items have supernatural powers. Thought to be imbued with the power to cure disease, bring good luck, influence behavior, or carry out a specific action if touched or held close, many touch pieces have been treasured by families for generations. The Lee Penny, taken from the Holy Land during a crusade, is still owned by the crusader's family. What power is it said to have? More...
This Day in History

Nellie Tayloe Ross Becomes First Woman to Head US Mint (1933)

In 1925, following the death of her governor husband, Ross was elected to serve out the remainder of his term, becoming the US's first female governor. She remained politically active after her gubernatorial term and was appointed director of the US Bureau of the Mint in 1933—becoming the first woman to hold that office as well. In her 20 years as director, she saw the Mint through the economic throes of the Great Depression and through WWII. What did Ross do before becoming governor? More...
Today's Birthday

Bernhard von Bülow (1849)

A German statesman, von Bülow was appointed state secretary for the foreign department in 1897. He quickly became a potent force and succeeded to the chancellorship in 1900, serving until 1909. Together with Emperor William II, he pursued a policy of German aggrandizement in the years preceding WWI, inadvertently antagonizing the English, French, and Russians, who eventually formed an alliance against Germany. He lost the emperor's confidence in the Daily Telegraph affair, which was what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

curl (one's) hair

To shock or terrify someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival (2019)

The oldest blossom festival in the United States, this event has been held annually in Wenatchee, Washington, since 1920 (with the exception of the World War II years). Originally called Blossom Days, the event grew in size and popularity until it reached its current status as an 11-day festival drawing up to 100,000 spectators. In addition to seeing the Wenatchee Valley orchards in full bloom, the events include parades, a foodfest, a marching band competition, and sporting events. In 1967, the Aomori Apple Blossom Festival in Japan became Wenatchee's "sister festival," and the two towns have exchanged visitors a number of times. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: representation

macrograph - A life-size drawing or representation. More...

simulacrum - In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue. More...

representational art - Art that seeks to depict the physical appearance of reality; also called objective art and figurative art. More...

logogram, logograph, grammalogue - A logogram or logograph is the same as a grammalogue, a word represented by a single sign, like $. More...

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