Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 26, 2021)
Word of the Day

abdication

Definition:(noun) A formal resignation and renunciation of powers.
Synonyms:stepping down
Usage: Despite his reluctance to relinquish the throne, the besieged king managed his abdication with dignity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Hyphens

A hyphen ( - ) is used primarily to join two or more words to form a new, compound word or to provide clarity when using certain affixes (such as prefixes). What is a hanging hyphen? More...
Article of the Day

The Electric Violin

The traditional violin, predominantly played in orchestras and chamber music, was developed in Italy in the early 16th century. The electric violin arrived 400 years later, first appearing in the jazz music of the 1920s in the US. Many electric violins have a solid body designed to minimize feedback and are made with built-in pickups for amplification, while others are acoustic instruments that have been converted with electric components. Who are some of the musicians who use electric violins? More...
This Day in History

Elvis Presley Gives Last Concert (1977)

Elvis Presley, now known to millions as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll," became a national sensation in 1956 and dominated the world of rock music until 1963. His most successful songs include "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," and "Don't Be Cruel." His success spawned a spate of B-movie appearances, but his popularity waned in the late 60s, and he developed a drug dependence and died in 1977 at age 42. What theories do some fans cite in their claims that Elvis did not really die in 1977? More...
Today's Birthday

Lord Kelvin (1824)

Kelvin was a British mathematician and physicist known especially for his work in thermodynamics and electricity. He introduced the Kelvin temperature scale, helped develop the second law of thermodynamics and discover the Joule-Thomson effect in thermoelectricity, and was an important innovator and authority in the field of message transmission through submarine cables. He also invented the siphon recorder. Kelvin entered the University of Glasgow at what young age? More...
Quotation of the Day
Well, I really don't advise a woman who wants to have things her own way to get married.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

throw (one's) toys out of the pram

To behave in a petulantly upset or angry manner; to act like an angry child. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Heidi Festival (2022)

The town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, has celebrated the annual Heidi Festival since the 1960s. Founded in 1845 by immigrants from the Swiss canton of Glaurus, the town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, continued to attract Swiss immigrants over the years. Today it celebrates its cultural heritage in its yearly Volksfest and Heidi Festival. The Heidi Festival revolves around four performances of Heidi, Johanna Spyri's well-known play about a young Swiss shepherdess. The festival also includes opportunities to enjoy Swiss music, food, and dancing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intensity

heat - As a preliminary race for a sporting contest, it is so called because of its intensity. More...

crescendo - Often mistakenly used to mean "reaching a pinnacle" when, in fact, it should be used only to describe a gradual increase in intensity or volume. More...

resonate, resound - Resonate means "to expand, to intensity, or amplify the sound of," whereas resound means "to throw back, repeat the sound of." More...

fervency, fervor - The intensity of heat or feeling can be described as fervency, from Latin fervere, "boil"; an instance of this heat or feeling is fervor. More...

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