Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 1, 2017)
Word of the Day

sepulcher

Definition:(noun) A chamber that is used as a grave.
Synonyms:burial chamber
Usage: The archaeologists opened the sepulcher expecting to find ancient artifacts, but the burial chamber turned out to be completely empty.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense (also known as the future progressive) is used to describe an unfinished action occurring in the future. How is the future continuous tense formed? More...
Article of the Day

The Manticore

With the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion or dragon, the head of a human, and three rows of sharp teeth, the legendary manticore bears several similarities to the Egyptian sphinx. A mythical creature of Persian origin whose name derives from the Persian word for "man-eater," the manticore is rumored to kill its victims instantly with only a single bite or scratch and then fully devour them. The manticore was said to roam the jungles of what country? More...
This Day in History

Rio de Janeiro Is Founded (1565)

With a population of about 6 million, Rio de Janeiro is the second largest city and former capital of Brazil, as well as the country's cultural center and a commercial, communications, and transportation hub. It has one of the world's most beautiful natural harbors, surrounded by low mountain ranges whose spurs extend almost to the waterside, dividing the city. Among its natural landmarks are Sugar Loaf Mountain and Corcovado peak. Rio was popularized by the hit song about the girl from where? More...
Today's Birthday

Frédéric Chopin (1810)

Chopin was a Polish composer and one of the great masters of Romantic music. He published his first composition at age seven and began performing at eight. He moved to Paris when he was 21 and became a celebrity with his first concert the following year. Among the most significant composers in the history of the piano, Chopin's innovations in fingering, use of the pedals, and general treatment of the keyboard were highly influential. With what French writer did he have a long relationship? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a governor comes out of his government rich, they say he has been a thief; and if he comes out poor, that he has been a noodle and a blockhead.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

a lot on (one's) plate

A lot to do. More...
Today's Holiday

Martenitza (Baba Marta) (2017)

Every year on March 1, people in Bulgaria present each other with martenitzas—two joined tassels of red-and-white woolen thread symbolizing health and happiness. In some regions, women dress completely in red on this day. In northeastern Bulgaria, the lady of the house traditionally tosses a red cloth over a fruit tree, or spreads a red woolen cloth on the fields for fertility. In stock-breeding areas, a red-and-white thread is tied to the cattle. Bulgaria is the only country where this particular fertility custom seems to have survived. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: violin

chanterelle - A violin string. More...

pizzicato - Plucking of a violin. More...

f-hole - The s-shaped opening in a violin. More...

violin, fiddle - Violin is from Latin vitula, "stringed instrument"—from Vitula, a Roman goddess of joy and victory; her name also gave us fiddle. More...

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