Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 16, 2022)
Word of the Day

magnum opus

Definition:(noun) A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
Synonyms:masterpiece
Usage: Paradise Lost is generally considered to be Milton's magnum opus.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Verbs and Tense

A modal verb must always be used with a main verb—they cannot stand completely on their own. But because we cannot use modal verbs with main verbs that are in a past-tense form, the verb that follows a modal must always be in what form? More...
Article of the Day

Paul Rusesabagina

Rusesabagina is a Rwandan hotel manager and humanitarian known for hiding and protecting more than 1,200 refugees during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Rusesabagina, who worked at the Hôtel des Mille Collines in Kigali, Rwanda, used his influence and connections as manager of the hotel to shelter Tutsis from being slaughtered by the Interahamwe militia. All of the refugees in his care survived. What Academy Award-nominated movie brought Rusesabagina's heroics to the attention of the masses? More...
This Day in History

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Opens in New York (1960)

Groundbreaking in its depiction of sex and graphic violence and in its exploration of mental illness, Psycho is often seen as marking a turning point in film history, simultaneously labeled as the first slasher film and a work of cinematic art. The film's "shower scene" has taken on an iconic status as one of the most terrifying scenes ever filmed. What blooper did Hitchcock's wife reportedly notice during one of the film's final screenings before its official release? More...
Today's Birthday

Katharine Graham (1917)

Graham was publisher of The Washington Post from 1963 to 1979 and was at the helm when the paper played an integral role in breaking the Watergate scandal that led to US President Richard Nixon's resignation. One of the first women in the US to head a prestigious national newspaper, Graham had few female role models. She became a trailblazer for women in journalism and won a Pulitzer Prize for her autobiography, Personal History. How did she come to head up the Post? More...
Quotation of the Day
Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.

Emily Bronte (1818-1848)

Idiom of the Day

the wrong crowd

A group of people, typically peers, who partake in and elicit immoral, criminal, and/or dangerous behavior and attitudes. More...
Today's Holiday

South Africa Youth Day (2022)

Throughout the history of South Africa, black citizens have suffered from segregation and oppression by white leaders. On June 16, 1976, more than 20,000 students from Soweto began a protest march. Police were called to the scene, and violent riots broke out. Approximately 700 people, many of them youths, were killed. June 16 has been set aside as Youth Day across the Republic of South Africa, to commemorate the day the protests began and to honor the youth who lost their lives during the riots. Ceremonies, parades, and historic exhibitions are part of the celebrations across South Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: model

phantom - A model of a baby used in obstetric demonstration. More...

configure - First meant "fashion according to a model." More...

pattern - Comes from patron, "something serving as a model." More...

Frisbee - Was modeled on pie tins from Mrs. Frisbie's Pies—made by the Frisbie Bakery of Bridgeport, Connecticut—which students began tossing around in the 1920s. More...

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