Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 8, 2022)
Word of the Day

mnemonic

Definition:(noun) A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Synonyms:aide-memoire
Usage: The students came up with a mnemonic to help themselves remember the colors of the rainbow.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions Used with Static Verbs

We use "to" with motion verbs when we describe the movement from one location to another. "Arrive," however, is considered a "static" verb, meaning it indicates no movement from point A to point B. What preposition do we use with static verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Yo-Yo Ma

World-famous American cellist Yo-Yo Ma was born in France to Chinese parents in 1955. A musical prodigy, he gave a public recital in Paris at age six and his first performance at Carnegie Hall at age nine. He later attended the prestigious Julliard School of Music and ascended rapidly to the highest rank of international soloists, winning the Avery Fisher Prize in 1978. What became of a centuries-old cello valued at $2.5 million that Ma accidentally left in a New York City taxi in 1999? More...
This Day in History

Six-Day War: USS Liberty Incident (1967)

During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and naval forces attacked a US intelligence ship in international waters off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Both the Israeli and American governments issued reports concluding that the attack was a tragic mistake, but these conclusions have been challenged from several fronts, and the matter remains controversial in the public debate. How much money did Israel pay the US and the families of the victims in compensation? More...
Today's Birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867)

Widely considered the greatest American architect, Wright championed the use of open planning as well as "organic architecture," a design philosophy that promotes harmony between building and environment. His masterpieces include New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum and "Fallingwater," a breathtaking Pennsylvania house that is cantilevered over a waterfall, with its balconies and terraces seemingly suspended in midair. How many people were murdered at Wright's home, Taliesin, in 1914? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Idiom of the Day

the terrible twos

A developmental stage of children, generally at or around the age of two, marked by increased rebelliousness and frequent tantrums. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day (2022)

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560 CE, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: metaphor

trope - A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or phrase. More...

ingrain, ingrained - Ingrain literally means "work into the grain" (originally, of fabric), and ingrained is metaphorically "deep-seated." More...

farce - First meant forcemeat stuffing and came to be used metaphorically when a humorous play was "stuffed" in between two more serious acts of the main theatrical presentation—or for interludes of impromptu buffoonery in a dramatic presentation. More...

relieve - Metaphorically, to "alleviate, lighten," from Latin relevare, "raise again." More...

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