Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

exigent

Definition:(adjective) Requiring much effort or expense; demanding attention.
Synonyms:crying, insistent, clamant, instant
Usage: The professor regarded literary questions as exigent and momentous.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

The First Opium War

Often seen as the beginning of European imperial hegemony over China, the First Opium War was fought between the British East India Company and the Qing Dynasty from 1839 to 1842. Widespread opium addiction had led to a Chinese ban on imports of the drug in 1729, and the British aimed to reverse this policy. Easily overpowered, China agreed to the Treaty of Nanjing, which fixed tariffs on British goods, opened several Chinese ports to British merchants, and ceded what island to Queen Victoria? More...
This Day in History

Romanos Is Crowned Co-Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (920 CE)

Romanos advanced through the ranks of the Byzantine military to become an influential figure in the royal court. In May 919, he arranged for the marriage of his daughter to the teenage Emperor Constantine VII and was declared "Father of the Emperor." The next year, he was crowned co-emperor, and he then made his own sons co-emperors. However, in 944, Romanos's sons arrested him and made him become a monk to prevent him from naming Constantine VII his successor. What happened to them? More...
Today's Birthday

William Safire (1929)

Safire was an American journalist and a speechwriter for US President Richard Nixon, who once ordered Safire's phone be tapped. In 1973, Safire became a syndicated political columnist for The New York Times, a post he held until 2005. A master of wordplay, he also wrote regularly on language-related topics. After Safire wrote a column in which he insulted a first lady, a White House aide remarked that if the president were not the president, he would have responded in what way? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

let it rest

To cease discussing or dwelling upon a given subject. More...
Today's Holiday

Saturnalia (2017)

This Ancient Roman Winter Solstice festival began on December 17 and lasted for seven days. It was held in honor of Saturn, the father of the gods, and was characterized by the suspension of discipline and reversal of the usual order. Grudges and quarrels were forgotten; businesses, courts, and schools closed down; and masquerading or change of dress between the sexes often occurred. The festivities were characterized by various kinds of excesses—giving rise to the modern use of the term saturnalian, which is used to describe "unrestrained license and revelry." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoon

runcible spoon - A three-pronged fork curved like a spoon and used as a serving utensil. More...

cochleare - A spoon or spoonful of a medical prescription. More...

spoon bread - Soft cornbread served with a spoon; it is also called egg bread or butter bread. More...

toe - The outer edge of a spoon. More...

In the News

1 in 8 Airline Pilots May Be Clinically Depressed

Hundreds of commercial airline pilots worldwide may be flying with untreated depression because they fear being grounded or losing their jobs, a new survey suggests. The anonymous survey of about 1,850 pilots from more than 50 countries found that 14 ... More...
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