Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 5, 2022)
Word of the Day

orthography

Definition:(noun) A method of representing a language or the sounds of language by written symbols; spelling.
Synonyms:writing system
Usage: She was familiar with many of the regional dialects, but she did not recognize this orthography.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Hyphens with Single-Word Compound Verbs

We sometimes use other parts of speech, especially nouns and adjectives, to form verbs that describe a very specific action. When these are combined into a single word, we often use a hyphen to eliminate possible confusion when reading. What is an example? More...
Article of the Day

The Giant Panda

The black-and-white giant panda lives in the mountain forests of central China. Though it primarily feeds on bamboo, the bear-like mammal's digestive system is similar to that of a carnivore, and it must therefore spend as much as 16 hours a day eating up to 40 lb (18 kg) of bamboo leaves, stems, and shoots in order to get enough nutrients. While adult giant pandas are certainly physically imposing, the "giant" part of their name also serves to differentiate them from what other kind of panda? More...
This Day in History

The Statue of Liberty's Cornerstone Is Laid (1884)

The Statue of Liberty—officially "Liberty Enlightening the World"—is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was a gift to the US from France to commemorate France's alliance with the colonies during the American Revolution. Though it is now an iconic landmark, many forget that "Lady Liberty" also served as a functioning lighthouse from 1886 to 1902. Designed by French sculptor F.A. Bartholdi, the statue depicts Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Who served as Bartholdi's model? More...
Today's Birthday

Oswaldo Cruz (1872)

Cruz was a Brazilian physician, scientist, and the founder of the Oswaldo Cruz Institute for research and development in biomedical sciences in Rio de Janeiro. As the Director General of Public Health, Cruz took strong measures to combat the bubonic plague, smallpox, and yellow fever in Brazil. He instituted sanitary reforms that included isolating the sick and exterminating the rat population in Rio. What happened when he tried to reinstate a law imposing mandatory smallpox vaccination? More...
Quotation of the Day
The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

within arm's reach

Close enough to touch, either literally or hypothetically. Easily attainable. More...
Today's Holiday

Burkina Faso Independence Day (2022)

Formerly called Upper Volta, Burkina Faso gained independence from France on August 5, 1960, an event commemorated as a national holiday each year. The area had been a French protectorate since the 1890s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: representation

macrograph - A life-size drawing or representation. More...

simulacrum - In the original sense of the word, it was simply a representation of something, such as an oil painting or marble statue. More...

representational art - Art that seeks to depict the physical appearance of reality; also called objective art and figurative art. More...

logogram, logograph, grammalogue - A logogram or logograph is the same as a grammalogue, a word represented by a single sign, like $. More...

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