Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

vendee

Definition:(noun) One to whom something is sold; a buyer.
Synonyms:emptor, purchaser, buyer
Usage: There were three vendees from three different companies at the auction, and each hoped to acquire the same valuable item.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Colons with Dialogue

The colon is used in written dialogue between two or more people, most often in transcripts of plays or legal testimony in a courtroom. We place the colon immediately after the name of the speaker, and the dialogue that follows is written without what? More...
Article of the Day

Pointillism

Pointillism, a Post-Impressionist school of painting exemplified by Georges Seurat and his followers in late 19th-century France, is characterized by the application of paint in small dots and brush strokes. These distinct points of primary colors create the visual effect of a wide selection of secondary colors, relying heavily on the viewer's perceptive ability to mix the color spots into a full range of tones. The technique is analogous to the color production of what modern devices? More...
This Day in History

Circus Acrobat Otto Witte Crowned King of Albania…or Not (1913)

Witte was a German citizen and circus acrobat who claimed to have impersonated his way into being crowned King of Albania in 1913—by some accounts, on August 13. According to Witte, he enjoyed the royal harem and reigned for several days before being discovered as an impostor. Though he was likely lying, his story was picked up by several publications, including Time magazine. What novel may have given Witte the idea for his story, and what other novel was then based on Witte? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucy Stone (1818)

In 1847, Stone became the first Massachusetts woman to graduate college. Not long after, she began speaking on women's rights. An effective orator, she is said to have swayed antagonistic audiences and inspired Susan B. Anthony to join the cause. She kept her own name after marriage as a protest against the unequal laws applied to married women, and others who did the same called themselves "Lucy Stoners." She caused an uproar by wearing "bloomers." What were they, and why were they so named? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace remark that shows us another side, another man, really; a man uncertain, and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

rue the day (that something happened)

To curse or bitterly regret a point in time (in which something happened or one did something). More...
Today's Holiday

Iowa State Fair (2020)

One of America's foremost state fairs, the Iowa State Fair is held for 11 days at the fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Attracting close to a million people each year, the fair is famous for having inspired the Phil Stong novel, State Fair, and three movies based on the novel. The fair is also famous for its cow made out of butter, which is kept in a display case cooled to 40 degrees. Sheep are an important feature at the fair, and sheepshearing contests are popular. The big boar contest is also popular; the winning animal always weighs in at more than half a ton. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: success

marplot - A person who spoils a plot or who ruins the success of an undertaking or process. More...

acid test - A test that is conclusive of the value or success of something, derived from the original use of nitric acid as a test for gold. More...

core asset, core competency - A core asset is something essential to success, and a core competency is a distinguishing advantage. More...

exploit - Originally meant "progress, success," and "speed." More...

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