Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

cloudburst

Definition:(noun) A heavy rain.
Synonyms:pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout, deluge, downpour
Usage: We enjoyed the lovely recliners on the ship's deck until a sudden cloudburst sent us running for our cabins.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reflexive Verbs

Reflexive verbs are verbs whose subjects are also their direct objects—i.e., the action of the verb is both committed and received by the same person or thing. Reflexive verbs are sometimes identified as being in what voice? More...
Article of the Day

Knight Bachelors

A Knight Bachelor is a man who has been knighted by the monarch but not as a member of one of the organized Orders of Chivalry, making him an English knight of the lowest rank. Like other knights, Knights Bachelor are styled "Sir." The honor is generally awarded for public service, and amongst its recipients are all the male judges of the High Court of England and Wales. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the best-known holders of the rank. What is the female counterpart of the Knight Bachelor? More...
This Day in History

Rubens's Massacre of the Innocents Sells for £49.5 million (2002)

Misattributed to an assistant of Baroque painter Peter Paul Rubens until 2002, when an expert from Sotheby's auction house identified it as the work of the master himself, Massacre of the Innocents is an early 17th-century painting depicting Herod's slaughter of the infants of Bethlehem. One of two paintings Rubens made of the Biblical scene, it fetched £49.5 million ($76 million) at auction and is one of the priciest paintings ever sold. Its style is reminiscent of which Italian painter? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikola Tesla (1856)

Tesla was an inventor and engineer known for his revolutionary contributions to the fields of electricity and magnetism. His inventions made possible the production of alternating-current electric power, and his Tesla coil is still used in radio technology. In 1912, he refused a Nobel Prize because he felt his co-recipient, Thomas Edison, was undeserving of the honor. He spent his final years caring for pigeons. What strange habits earned him a reputation as the quintessential "mad scientist"? More...
Quotation of the Day
I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

home, James (, and don't spare the horses)

A humorous directive for a driver to take one home directly and without delay. More...
Today's Holiday

Laguna Beach Festival of Arts (2020)

This festival features a display of art works in Laguna Beach, California, along with breathtaking tableaux vivants—living pictures that recreate master art works. Since the 1940s, artists have created the tableaux to reproduce paintings by such varied masters as Leonardo da Vinci, Henri Matisse, and Winslow Homer. They also transform pieces of jewelry, sculptures, antique artifacts, and even scenes from postage stamps into life-sized works of art. The tableaux, presented for 90 minutes each evening, are created by some 300 models. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: linen

sash - From Arabic shash, first a roll of silk, linen, or gauze worn about the head, a turban. More...

lingerie - Entered English meaning "linen articles collectively," from French linge, "linen." More...

linsey-woolsey - First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound. More...

taffeta - Goes back to Persian taftah, "silken cloth, linen clothing." More...

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