Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, November 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

avarice

Definition:(noun) Immoderate desire for wealth.
Synonyms:cupidity, covetousness, avariciousness
Usage: Dazzled by the greed of avarice, I thought that if one eye could show me riches, the other might teach me how to get possession of them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Particles

A particle is a word that does not have semantic meaning on its own, but instead relies on the word it is paired with to have meaning. What are the only two things that a particle is used to create? More...
Article of the Day

Barbecue

The word barbecue can refer to many things: a specific cooking method, cooking apparatus, type of food, or party that includes such food. For many, the word brings to mind smoky meats flavored with a variety of sauces, rubs, and seasonings. However, the origins of both the word and activity are somewhat obscure. Most etymologists believe it was derived from the term "barbacoa," which means "sacred fire pit" in the language of the Taíno people of the Caribbean. What are some other explanations? More...
This Day in History

Louis Riel, "Father of Manitoba," Executed for Treason (1885)

Of French and Métis parentage, Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in what is now Manitoba, whose establishment in 1870 he precipitated by leading a revolt of Métis and indigenous peoples against the transfer of the Hudson's Bay Company territory to Canada. Riel was outlawed for his role in the rebellion, but that did not deter him from leading a similar uprising in Saskatchewan in 1884. This time, however, he was captured by Canadian authorities and executed. Why was his penalty so harsh? More...
Today's Birthday

Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904)

A native Nigerian, Azikiwe was educated in the US and, upon returning to his home country, began publishing denunciatory articles as editor of the African Morning Post. He was charged with sedition in 1936 but was ultimately acquitted. Azikiwe then became a political leader and was named the first president of Nigeria when it became a republic in 1963, serving until a military coup forced him out in 1966. His writings led to the emergence of Zikism, which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a heart if he had one.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse (2018)

The town of Armagh, Northern Ireland, is featured in a famous ballad called "The Bard of Armagh." That poem's title inspired the name of the Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, an annual event that has taken place since 1993. Poets appear before audiences to recite their works and compete for best poem. To determine the official entries, a selection process was established that ensures each poem does not exceed a length of 650 words and features humorous verse suitable for a family audience. The finals usually take place at the Armagh City Hotel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tennis

drop shot - In tennis, it is so called because after it is hit, it drops abruptly to the ground. More...

cachpule - The ancestral name for tennis or a tennis court. More...

service game - In tennis, a game in which a particular player serves. More...

tennis - From French tenez, "take, receive," which was originally called out by the server to the opponent. More...

In the News

Trauma Affects Brains of Boys and Girls in Opposite Ways

Brain scans of children and teenagers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show structural differences between the sexes in one part of the insula, a brain region that detects cues from the body and processes emotions and empathy and helps to ... More...
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