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Definition: (noun) Self-confident assurance; poise.
Synonyms:assuredness, sang-froid, cool
Usage:The defense attorney smiled with an air of aplomb, knowing that his client's acquittal was all but assured. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson


Defining Object Complements

Sometimes a verb is not complete with only a direct object, especially when that direct object is a person. More information about the object's relationship with the verb is required to form a complete thought. This additional information is known as the "object complement." Without an object complement, what question are we left asking about the direct object? More... Discuss

Article of the Day



Musical compositions that do not use an established musical key are said to be atonal. Atonality is a radical alternative to the diatonic system—the natural major or minor scales that form the basis of the key system in Western music. After World War I, an atonal system of composing emerged using 12 tones. By World War II, however, "atonality" had become a pejorative term to condemn music perceived as lacking structure and coherence. In Nazi Germany, atonal music was also criticized as what? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Walker Evans (1903)

Evans was an American photographer known for his stark photos of the rural South during the Great Depression, taken for the Farm Security Administration. In 1936, Fortune magazine sent Evans and writer James Agee to document poverty in rural Alabama. The magazine rejected their work, but the two used the material for their landmark 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. A 2005 Fortune article revealed that some of their subjects were upset about the book for what reasons? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Premier Prints Indoor/Outdoor Blooms Pacific, Fabric by the YardNever are voices so beautiful as on a winter's evening, when dusk almost hides the body, and they seem to issue from nothingness with a note of intimacy seldom heard by day.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) Discuss


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Grammar Quiz

In the sentence “I went to a private catholic school,” which word or words should be capitalized?

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adj. Of or relating to a usually speculative formulation serving as a guide in the investigation or solution of a problem
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Today's Holiday


Feast of St. Hubert de Liège

St. Hubert is the patron saint of hunters, dogs, and victims of rabies. His feast day is especially honored at the church named for him in the town of St. Hubert, Luxembourg Province, Belgium, on the first weekend in November. People who live in the Forest of EUREKA ERGONOMIC 60 Inch Rustic Brown Corner L Shaped Computer D bring their dogs to the church to be blessed, and St. Hubert's Mass marks the opening of the hunting season. In some places, special loaves of bread are brought to the mass to be blessed, after which everyone eats a piece and feeds the rest to their dogs, horses, and other domestic animals to ward off rabies. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

a night out

An evening spent having an enjoyable time away from home, as in a restaurant, theater, bar, or other such locations. Freebily Kid Girls Floral Sequin Sleeveless Tank Leotard Modern Discuss