Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, November 18, 2019)
Word of the Day

embrasure

Definition:(noun) An opening (in a wall or ship or armored vehicle) for firing through.
Synonyms:porthole
Usage: As they passed over the drawbridge, Alleyne marked the gleam of arms in the embrasures to right and left.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement with Uncountable Nouns

Because uncountable nouns cannot be plural, it is very important to use the correct subject-verb agreement. What form of a verb must uncountable nouns take? More...
Article of the Day

The Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Just 147 sq mi (381 sq km), the Isle of Wight is an English island with a population of about 140,000. In August 1970, it is estimated that more than 600,000 people flocked to the small isle to attend the third Isle of Wight Festival, a five-day concert featuring dozens of performers including The Who, The Doors, and Miles Davis. It was also the last major performance of Jimi Hendrix, who died three weeks later. Which musicians' sets were interrupted when concertgoers jumped on stage? More...
This Day in History

William Tell Shoots an Apple Off His Son's Head (1307)

Tell is a famous Swiss folk hero who is remembered in a 15th-century chronicle as an expert marksman who assassinated a tyrannical Austrian governor. According to the legend, the governor of Tell's Swiss canton hung his hat on a stake and ordered all the townsfolk to bow to it whenever they passed. When Tell refused, he was ordered to shoot an apple off his son's head with a crossbow as punishment. He succeeded and later escaped imprisonment to kill the governor—an event that led to what? More...
Today's Birthday

Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832)

Nordenskiöld was a Finnish-born Swedish geologist, mineralogist, geographer, and explorer who wrote several valuable books on geography, cartography, and travel. In 1858, he settled in Stockholm and became professor and curator of mineralogy at the Swedish State Museum. He led several expeditions to the Arctic island of Spitsbergen between 1864 and 1873 and later became the first to sail from Norway to Alaska through the Northeast Passage. He was also the first to break through what ice barrier? More...
Quotation of the Day
There is peace, in so far as the absence of slaughter may be called by that name, but there is necessarily little harmony of tastes or pursuits.

Edwin Abbott (1838-1926)

Idiom of the Day

Is the glass half empty or half full?

A question to determine whether a given situation could be perceived optimistically or pessimistically. More...
Today's Holiday

Oman National Day (2019)

This holiday in Oman observes the birthday of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said (b. 1940) on November 18, but festive events continue through the 19th as well. His accession to the throne took place on July 23, 1970. National Day events include parades, pageantry, an equestrian show, a marine festival, fireworks, and, every five years, an elaborate military show. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punch

punch buggy - A game in which the first player to call "punch buggy!" on sighting a Volkswagen Beetle gets to punch the other person. More...

doust - A firm blow or punch. More...

pack a punch, pack it in - Pack a punch is of U.S. origin from the 1920s, as is pack it in. More...

punch - Has an obscure origin, but stories include it being from Sanskrit panca, "five/five kinds of," as the drink had five ingredients. More...

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