Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 28, 2015)
Word of the Day

prate

Definition:(verb) To talk idly and at length; chatter.
Synonyms:blabber, palaver, piffle, prattle
Usage: I know the age better than you do, though you will prate about it so tediously.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Passive Perfect Participle Phrases

If we want to describe a noun that was passively acted upon in an event that happened before another one, we can use what is known as the "passive perfect participle" (sometimes called the "perfect passive participle"). How is this structured? More...
Article of the Day

The Mysterious Boulders of Moeraki

The unusually large, spherical Moeraki Boulders that dot a stretch of Koekohe Beach in New Zealand have been the subject of attention since prehistoric times. They range in size from .5 to 2.2 m (1.5 to 6.7 ft) in diameter and are composed of mud, fine-silt, and clay, and are cemented by calcite. Centuries of coastal erosion have exhumed these septarian concretions from the mudstone enclosing them. How many millions of years did it take for the larger Moeraki Boulders to form? More...
This Day in History

Albania Declares Independence from the Ottoman Empire (1912)

The Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians. Albanians celebrate their independence on November 28. What do they celebrate on November 29? More...
Today's Birthday

William Blake (1757)

Blake was an English poet and artist. Trained as an engraver, he opened a print shop in 1784 and developed an innovative technique for engraving illustrations and text on the same plate and for producing colored engravings. Blake's paintings, engravings, and illustrated books of poetry feature detailed images of realistic natural forms as well as fanciful creatures. He lived on the edge of poverty, was considered mad, and died in neglect. When did he finally gain recognition as a visionary? More...
Quotation of the Day
I made up my mind long ago that life was too short to do anything for myself that I could pay others to do for me.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

abstract idea

An idea or thought that is intangible or outside the constraints or possibilities of the real world. More...
Today's Holiday

Albania Independence Day (2019)

The Albanian people proclaimed their independence from the Turks on this day in 1912. The Turks first invaded this part of Europe around 1400, and they ruled the country for more than 400 years. It wasn't until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence issued on November 28, 1912. Independence Day is a public holiday observed throughout Albania and is marked by a festive parade in Tirana, the capital. It is followed by Liberation Day on November 29, the day on which the invasions of German and Italian troops during World War II were ended in 1944. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tie

dogfall - A draw or tie. More...

dead heat - If two horses tied in a heat, the heat did not count and was called "dead"; now any tie can be called a dead heat. More...

knit - Literally first meant "tie with or in a knot." More...

moor - Meaning "tie up a boat," it was probably borrowed from German or Dutch. More...

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