Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

retinue

Definition:(noun) The group following and attending to some important person.
Synonyms:entourage, cortege, suite
Usage: Guillaume Lejean…reached Karthoum by way of the Red Sea, and embarked upon the Nile with a retinue of twenty-one hired men and twenty soldiers.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Simple Tense

The simplest way we create the future simple tense is by using the modal verb "will" + the bare infinitive (without "to") of the main verb of the sentence. How else can the future simple tense be formed? More...
Article of the Day

Pharming

Pharming is a type of cyber attack that aims to collect confidential user information by redirecting a website's traffic to a different, bogus website that appears identical to the original site. By hacking into DNS servers—the "phone books" of the internet—and changing IP addresses, high-tech criminals can automatically redirect users to their phony sites. In recent years, pharming has become a major concern for e-commerce and online banking sites. How does pharming differ from phishing? More...
This Day in History

The Anglo-American Convention (1818)

The Anglo-American Convention was a treaty signed in 1818 between the US and UK resolving their standing border issues and allowing for joint rights to the Oregon Country. Though it marked the beginning of improved relations between the two countries, tensions remained over the shared territory in Oregon. The British-chartered Hudson's Bay Company had already established a trading network there and sought to exclude US fur traders. What harsh policy did they implement to ward off competition? More...
Today's Birthday

Arthur Rimbaud (1854)

Rimbaud may have put down his pen when he was just 19 to lead an international vagabond life as a merchant and trader, but in his few years as a poet, the precocious young Frenchman managed to create a literary legacy that would have a lasting influence on the symbolists and subsequent modern poets. He put his verbal virtuosity on display in works like "The Drunken Boat," A Season in Hell, and Illuminations. Who shot and wounded Rimbaud during one of their many lovers' quarrels? More...
Quotation of the Day
To those who view the voyage of life from the port of departure the bark that has accomplished any considerable distance appears already in close approach to the farther shore.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

spring fever

A feeling of often restless excitement or exuberance coinciding with the onset of warmer spring weather. More...
Today's Holiday

Georgia Peanut Festival (2018)

A harvest festival paying tribute to Georgia's top crop is held in Sylvester, the Peanut Capital of the World—more peanuts are produced in the region around Sylvester than anywhere else in the state. This festival, which comes at the end of the peanut harvest time, began in 1964. Events of the festival include a beauty pageant to choose a Little Miss Peanut, Junior Miss Peanut, and Georgia Peanut Queen; a peanut-recipe contest for school children; clogging exhibitions; a kiddy parade and a grand parade with floats, horses, antique cars, and people dressed as peanuts. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stiff

rigidulous - Describing something somewhat rigid or a little stiff. More...

clumse - If you are clumse, you are stiff from the cold. More...

string - Etymologically, something that has been pulled "taut, stiff." More...

stone - From a Germanic base meaning "solidity" or "stiffness." More...

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