Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

camisole

Definition:(noun) A short, sleeveless undergarment for women.
Synonyms:underbodice
Usage: The beautiful dress was made out of a sheer fabric, so Nina wore a camisole underneath it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Past Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the past tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a point in time in the past. When is the past perfect continuous used? More...
Article of the Day

The Yangtze River

Known in China as Chang Jiang, the Yangtze is the longest river in Asia and the third longest in the world. Originating in a mountain glacier on the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau, the river flows eastward and meets up with the East China Sea at Shanghai. Heavily traveled and highly polluted, the Yangtze is home to at least two endangered species: the Chinese Alligator and the Chinese Paddlefish. What animal was reportedly seen in the river after its species was declared extinct in 2006? More...
This Day in History

Voters Reject Proposal to Establish Australia as a Republic (1999)

The British began settling Australia in 1788, and before long, the entire continent was a British dependency. Over the years, Britain's role in Australian government has been progressively restricted, yet Australians remain reluctant to entirely cut ties, as evidenced by the 1999 referendum in which voters rejected a plan to establish Australia as a republic and replace the British monarch as head of state with a president elected by parliament. What other measure did they strike down? More...
Today's Birthday

James Naismith (1861)

While teaching physical education in 1891, Naismith was tasked with creating a safe and inexpensive indoor sport to occupy his students during the Massachusetts winter. His game involved throwing a soccer ball through suspended half-bushel peach baskets, hence the name "basketball"—though "Naismith Ball" was briefly considered before the inventor rejected it. The game took off on campus and quickly spread across the US and around the globe. What other sports invention is credited to Naismith? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

shaken up

Greatly startled, shocked, or upset. More...
Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2018)

Swedish King Gustav II was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632, turning a tactical victory into a national tragedy for the Swedes. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations, particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silence

obmutescence, obmutescent - Obmutescence is the act of becoming mute or silent—usually a stubborn, willful act; if you are inclined to silence, you are obmutescent. More...

oyez - Meaning a call for silence and attention, it descends from Anglo-Norman oyez/oiez, "to hear" or "hear ye." More...

silential - Describing something performed in silence. More...

omerta - The code of silence in the Mafia, from the Italian word for "humility." More...

In the News

A 49000 Year Old Human Settlement Has Been Discovered in Australia

Who (or what) killed the giant wombat? Scientists in Australia may have finally found the long debated answer—and of course, it might be humans. The arrival of humans in Australia is estimated to have occurred around 50,000 years ago, but firm dates ... More...
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