Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

abstruse

Definition:(adjective) Difficult to understand.
Synonyms:deep, recondite
Usage: The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Present Continuous for Actions Happening at the Moment of Speech

The most common occurrence of the present continuous is when someone or something is performing an action at the very moment being described. What is the present continuous verb in the following sentence? "I am going home now." More...
Article of the Day

The July 20 Plot

Even before the start of World War II, some Nazi officials sought to remove Adolf Hitler from power. As the war dragged on, Nazi leaders desiring to assassinate Hitler and seek more favorable peace terms from the Allies hatched the so-called July 20 Plot. On that day in 1944, German colonel Claus von Stauffenberg planted a bomb in a briefcase at a meeting with Hitler, but the Führer escaped with minor injuries. How many people were arrested and executed in the Gestapo's subsequent investigation? More...
This Day in History

The United Nations Is Formally Established (1945)

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded to promote peace, security, and economic development. Representatives from the US, the UK, the Soviet Union, and China first met in 1944 to discuss the problems involved in creating such an agency, and the results of their talks became the basis for the UN Charter that was ratified in 1945. Established immediately after WWII, it replaced the essentially powerless League of Nations. Who first coined the term "United Nations"? More...
Today's Birthday

The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch. More...
Today's Holiday

United Nations Day (2018)

The international peacekeeping organization known as the United Nations was formally established on October 24, 1945, in the wake of World War II. Each member nation observes October 24, and in some places the entire week is known as United Nations Week. In the United States, events taking place on this day include parades, international fairs, and dinners featuring foods from different countries. Schools frequently observe United Nations Day by holding folk festivals that teach students the music, songs, and dances of different countries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pancake

blin - As in blini and blintze, it is Russian for "pancake." More...

blintz, blintze - Blintz(e) is from Russian blinets, "little pancake." More...

cake - A Viking contribution, from Old Norse kaka, it is related to "cook"; cake first meant small, flat bread roll baked on both sides by being turned—as in pancake or potato cake. More...

omelet, omelette - Omelet has also been written omelette, amulet, and aumelet; omelet's root sense is "thin layer" or "crepe," and it was first described in English as a "pancake of eggs." More...

In the News

Backyard Bird Feeders May Be Altering the Course of Evolution

Evolution works very slowly—except when it doesn't. New research shows that certain British birds appear to be changing quickly as result of bird feeders, evolving longer beaks to help them access the food inside. Many years ago, the late evolutionary biologist Stephen ... More...
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