Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

outstrip

Definition:(verb) Be or do something to a greater degree.
Synonyms:outdo, outgo, outmatch, outperform, surpass, exceed, surmount
Usage: When the demand for concert tickets outstrips supply, scalpers can make a significant profit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Verbs that Indicate an Obligation

Because modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, it is sometimes unclear when it's more appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "must," "shall," "should," and "will" can all be used to indicate an obligation to do something. Which one is particularly direct and forceful? More...
Article of the Day

Mathilde Kschessinska

Though she is perhaps best known for her affair with the future tsar Nicholas II, Mathilde Kschessinska was actually the first Russian prima ballerina assoluta. She earned the title—the highest possible rank for a ballerina—in 1896, at the age of 24. She was kind to colleagues but was said to be ruthless with her rivals and was known to use her connections with the tsar to her advantage. What was she rumored to have done during a fellow ballerina's performance that featured live chickens? More...
This Day in History

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)

The first American attack on Japanese soil during WWII, the Battle of Iwo Jima lasted more than a month and claimed tens of thousands of Japanese and American lives. Just days into the campaign, photographer Joe Rosenthal witnessed a group of American soldiers struggling to raise their flag on Iwo Jima's highest point and took what would become the most reproduced photograph in history. It was the second flag-raising that day. How many of the six men shown in the photograph survived the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Pepys (1633)

One of the most celebrated diarists of all time, Pepys was born into a humble family but steadily improved his standing and eventually became an important public servant and royal confidant. His diary, which he kept throughout the 1660s, describes some of the most important events of his time, including the Great Fire of London and an outbreak of the plague. It also offers a vivid, intimate record of the author's life. On New Year's Eve 1661, Pepys made what resolution that he broke soon after? More...
Quotation of the Day
He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a lump in (one's) throat

To have difficulty speaking as a result of feeling that one is about to cry due to an intense emotional response to something. More...
Today's Holiday

Terminalia (2018)

In ancient Rome, February 23 marked the end of the year and was therefore an appropriate time to honor Terminus, the god of boundaries and landmarks. The terminus, or boundary stone marking the outer limits of Rome, stood between the fifth and sixth milestones on the road to Laurentum. During the observance of the Terminalia, property owners would gather there—or at the boundary stones that marked their private lands—to place garlands around the stone and offer sacrifices. Afterward there would be singing and socializing among family members and servants. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: moment

extemporaneous, impromptu - Extemporaneous means "prepared in advance and carried out with few or no notes," while impromptu means "totally unprepared, performed on the spur of the moment"—but this distinction has been all but lost. More...

moment, momentum - Latin momentum, from movere, "move," and -mentum, is the source of moment and momentum, which first meant "moving power." More...

moment of truth - A translation of a Spanish expression referring to the time of the final sword thrust in a bullfight. More...

momentarily, presently - Momentarily means "in a moment"; presently means "soon" or "shortly." More...

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