Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

wharfage

Definition:(noun) A platform built out from the shore into the water and supported by piles; provides access to ships and boats.
Synonyms:pier, dock
Usage: After the storm, she stood at the end of the wharfage, waiting for her brother's boat to return.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complex Sentences

Complex sentences are made up of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. What introduces and links the dependent clause to the independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Wish Trees

Identified by the faithful as possessing special spiritual value, wish trees are individual trees which have been distinguished—often by species, position, or appearance—as the objects of wishes. Visitors commonly offer up coins, liquor, and other gifts in order to gain fulfillment of their desires. Among the most famous wish tree visitors was Queen Victoria, whose 1877 visit to an oak in the Scottish Highlands brought it much fame. How are Christmas trees connected to the concept of wish trees? More...
This Day in History

"Is Paul McCartney Dead?" (1969)

If one is to believe the rumors, the real Paul McCartney died at the height of Beatlemania and was secretly replaced by a double. The precise origins of this urban legend are unknown, but it gained traction at around the time that the band was breaking up. This is attributed in part to an article published in an Iowa university student newspaper addressing the rumors and pointing to supposed clues in the band's music and album artwork that alluded to the rocker's death. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Frederick William Mallandaine Ashton (1904)

Ashton is best known as the founding choreographer of England's Royal Ballet. He was drawn to dance at age 13 after attending a performance by the legendary Anna Pavlova in Peru, where he grew up. While studying dance with Léonide Massine and Marie Rambert, he began staging works. In the 1930s, he joined what would later become the Royal Ballet as its chief choreographer. Ashton is largely responsible for the elegantly reserved style of English classical dance. What are his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

man up

To deal with something in a more brave, stoic, or masculine way than one has done so hitherto. (Usually used imperatively.) More...
Today's Holiday

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day (2021)

The US holidays Constitution Day and "I Am an American" Day have been combined into Citizenship Day, which a number of states and cities celebrate with special exercises on September 17. Schools make a special effort to acquaint their students with the history and importance of the Constitution. Naturalization ceremonies, re-creations of the signing of the Constitution, and parades are other popular ways of celebrating Citizenship Day and bring attention to the rights and obligations of citizenship. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: harmful

catalytic converter - A device with a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. More...

allergen - Though allergens are not harmful themselves, when they are combined with certain antibodies, a reaction (i.e. the allergy) liberates substances that damage body cells and tissues. More...

intrigant - A person who plots something illicit or harmful. More...

nocuous - Meaning "harmful, noxious," it is based on Latin nocere, "to hurt." More...

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