Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

head-to-head

Definition:(adjective) Involving two persons; intimately private.
Synonyms:tete-a-tete
Usage: The quiet, uncrowded restaurant was the perfect setting for the couple's head-to-head conversation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. They are used to create different tenses or aspects, to form negatives and interrogatives, or to add emphasis to a sentence. What are auxiliary verbs also called? More...
Article of the Day

The English Peasants' Revolt of 1381

The first major popular rebellion in English history, the Peasants' Revolt was the result of economic, social, and political discontent that came to a head when a new poll tax angered workers already resentful of legally fixed wage limits. Under the leadership of Wat Tyler, the rebels marched to London, captured the Tower of London, and beheaded officials responsible for the tax. King Richard II promised reforms, but instead Tyler was killed at the negotiations. What did the rebel army then do? More...
This Day in History

Imperial Japanese Navy Sinks Two British Warships (1941)

Japanese aggression in late 1941 prompted Britain to send two of their largest warships—HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse—to the Pacific as a deterrent. However, war in the Pacific escalated with the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7. Three days later, Japanese forces destroyed the Prince of Wales and Repulse near Singapore. The warships were the first sunk by aircraft while at sea. How did British Prime Minister Winston Churchill react to the sinkings? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet (1787)

A promising student with varied interests, Gallaudet earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Yale, after which he attended seminary and became a preacher. However, upon meeting 9-year-old Alice Cogswell, the deaf daughter of a neighbor, his interests turned to education of the deaf. He traveled to Europe to study the latest methods, including sign language, and returned to found the first American free school for the deaf. Who founded the university for the deaf named for Gallaudet? More...
Quotation of the Day
Academy: A modern school where football is taught.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

lipstick on a pig

Some superficial or cosmetic change to something so that it seems more attractive, appealing, or successful than it really is. More...
Today's Holiday

Thailand Constitution Day (2018)

In 1932, Thailand's absolute monarchy was replaced with a constitutional monarchy. King Rama VII oversaw the transfer of power. Under the newly instituted constitution of that time, the monarchy remained in place and the king was designated the head of state. Thailand has had a series of 18 constitutions or charters since 1932, the latest one being adopted in 2007. Each has allowed for a constitutional monarchy with greater or lesser power. Celebrations on Constitution Day involve the people thanking the monarchy for granting them a chance to take part in running the country. 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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In the News

More Green Space May Mean a Healthier Heart

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