Today's Highlights

Word of the Day

clavus

Definition:(noun) A hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes.
Synonyms:corn
Usage: Years of wearing uncomfortable stilettos had left a large clavus on her foot.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Superlative Adverbs from Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, what two words can we use to make the superlative form? More...
Article of the Day

The Animated Cartoon

An animated cartoon is a moving picture generated by photographing a series of drawings, objects, or computer graphics frame by frame, and recording the very slight, continuous changes in the images that then simulate motion. Paleolithic cave paintings show early attempts to capture motion in drawings, as animals are depicted with superimposed sets of legs. In the 19th century, flip books created the illusion of motion in drawings, and the first animated projection appeared in 1892. What was it? More...
This Day in History

Northeast Blackout of 2003 Begins (2003)

Caused by a cascading failure of more than 100 power plants originating in Ohio, the Northeast Blackout of 2003 was the largest power outage in North American history, affecting around 50 million people in eight US states and Ontario, Canada. The power outage began just after 4 PM and brought traffic and public transportation to a standstill, leaving many commuters stranded. Power was not fully restored until August 16. What band performed as scheduled in NYC's Central Park despite the blackout? More...
Today's Birthday

Wim Wenders (1945)

Wenders is a German filmmaker who earned international acclaim for his documentary Buena Vista Social Club, featuring elderly Cuban musicians. He first attracted attention with The Goalie's Anxiety at the Penalty Kick, a film whose themes of alienation and rootlessness are echoed in his other works. Paris, Texas was his first truly successful feature and earned him the top prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Wenders has also directed music videos for what popular band? More...
Quotation of the Day
Corporation: an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

yell silently

To think angry thoughts without verbalizing them. More...
Today's Holiday

Torta dei Fieschi (2022)

When Count Fieschi of Lavagna in Genoa, Italy, was married in 1240, he invited his guests—and everyone else in town—to share a cake that was more than 30 feet high. The citizens of Lavagna haven't forgotten his generosity, and each year they celebrate the event on August 14. Dressed in costumes, they parade to the town square, where they pin to their clothes a piece of paper (blue for men, white for women) on which a word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of "Fieschi's cake." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trunk

billet - A civilian house where soldiers are lodged temporarily; a billet is also a thick piece of wood, from Latin billa/billus, "branch, trunk." More...

trunk - As a box or chest, it was originally made from a tree trunk. More...

bole - Another name for the trunk of a tree. More...

stocky - A derivative of stock, which first meant "trunk, block of wood," in Old English. More...

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