Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

stripling

Definition:(noun) A juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity.
Synonyms:adolescent, teenager
Usage: He appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense vs. Aspect

The past tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the past simple, the past continuous (or past progressive), the past perfect, and the past perfect continuous. The tense tells us when the action takes place in relation to time (in this case, the past). What does the added aspect tell us? More...
Article of the Day

Thomas Cook

Cook was an English travel agent who, in 1841, founded the travel agency that bears his name. After his idea of the guided tour met with success, he established his Circular Tour of Europe and, later, tours of the US. The company was nationalized in 1948, but it went into decline when it failed to offer the "package holiday" that had recently gained popularity. The agency has been owned by private companies since 1972. Cook's agency began arranging travel to what exotic destination in the 1880s? More...
This Day in History

Bugs Bunny Makes His Debut (1940)

Though an unnamed bunny appeared in Merrie Melodies cartoons in the 1930s, the true Bugs Bunny was born with the 1940 release of "A Wild Hare," in which a clever, mischievous Bugs plays pranks on his hapless nemesis, a hunter named Elmer Fudd. Bugs went on to become one of the most well-known and beloved cartoon characters of all time, perhaps second only to Mickey Mouse. "A Wild Hare" was nominated for an Oscar the same year that another cartoon introduced what pair of cartoon rivals? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Galaktionovich Korolenko (1853)

Korolenko was a Ukrainian-Russian writer. Arrested for revolutionary activities in 1879, he was sent to various places of exile where he wrote many of his lyrical short stories, notable for their descriptions of desolate nature and the lives of the poor. After 1895, he devoted himself to liberal journalism. Greatly honored in Russia, he reservedly welcomed the 1917 revolution but later opposed the Bolsheviks. His most famous story, "Makar's Dream," describes a dying peasant's dream—of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

be a huckleberry above a persimmon

dated To be better than average among similar things. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

AirVenture (2020)

Begun in 1953, the AirVenture has grown to become one of the largest conventions of any kind in the world. Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, the annual event draws together enthusiasts, designers, and a host of individuals, companies, and government agencies involved in the aviation and aeronautics industries. Some 10,000 aircraft of all kinds are on display at the convention. In the afternoon, there is a three-hour air show; in the evening, live entertainment performances feature NASA astronauts, test pilots, and leading aviation personalities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hue

value, chroma, hue - A color's value is its brightness, its chroma is its strength, and its hue is its position in the spectrum. More...

tone - A color variation with more variations than a shade—having to do with the value of a hue or its chroma. More...

Munsell - A.H. Munsell was a U.S. painter (1858-1918) who developed a color classification system for chroma, hue, and value. More...

pure color - A color or hue that is unmixed with other hues. More...

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