Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 17, 2021)
Word of the Day

exonerate

Definition:(verb) Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.
Synonyms:acquit, exculpate, discharge, clear
Usage: After the long trial, the suspect was exonerated of the murder charges, much to his relief.
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

Schrödinger's Cat in Popular Culture

In 1935, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger applied quantum-mechanical indeterminacy to an admittedly “ridiculous” thought experiment in which a cat is closed in a box with a vial of poison that will smash if a radioactive atom decays. The two possible yet mutually exclusive states—the cat being alive or dead—coexist until the box is opened and the cat's fate is seen. Writers have pounced on the idea, weaving it into TV shows, books, and movies. What TV character referenced it after a kiss? 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
Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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: request

ask - A request or question. More...

behest, request - Behest is a stronger term than request. More...

boon - Once meant "request for a favor." More...

precatory - Words of recommendation, request, entreaty, wish, or expectation, employed in wills, as distinguished from express directions. More...

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