Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

flounder

Definition:(verb) Walk with great difficulty.
Synonyms:stagger
Usage: Dave refused to run quietly on the trail behind the sled…but continued to flounder alongside in the soft snow, where the going was most difficult, till exhausted.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Grammatical Person

Grammatical person refers to the degree of involvement of a participant in an action, event, or circumstance. There are three degrees of grammatical person. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Secret Speech

After Joseph Stalin's death in 1953, Nikita Krushchev emerged from a bitter power struggle as the Communist party's first secretary. At the party's Twentieth Congress in 1956, he delivered a "secret speech," "On the Personality Cult and its Consequences," harshly denouncing Stalin and his policies. The program of de-Stalinization, which had already begun, was thus supported and continued by Khrushchev. When was the full text of this "secret speech" finally officially released to the public? More...
This Day in History

Alexander II of Russia Signs the Edict of Emancipation (1861)

Signed by Czar Alexander II of Russia, the 1861 Edict of Emancipation granted liberty to more than 23 million serfs, about one-third of the Russian population. The edict extended to the serfs the full rights of citizens, in particular, the right to own property—which they were to receive from the landlords and pay off over time. However, the process by which they were to acquire this land was slow, complex, and expensive, and the discontent it generated eventually helped what revolution succeed? More...
Today's Birthday

Jamsetji Tata (1839)

Tata was an Indian entrepreneur and pioneer industrialist known as "the father of Indian industry." He began his career at his father's trading firm but formed his own company in 1868 and had early success in the textile industry, buying, selling, and setting up cotton mills. He went on to establish the Tata Group of companies, which now has interests in steel, automobiles, information technology, energy, tea, and hotels. A multinational conglomerate, the Tata Group is today based in what city? More...
Quotation of the Day
For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

all wound up

Very tense and/or nervous. Jittery. More...
Today's Holiday

Vasaloppet (2019)

The biggest cross-country ski race in the world takes place in Sweden on the first Sunday in March each year. The course begins on the border between Norway and Sweden, in a huge frozen field outside the village of Sälen, and ends 54 miles away in the Swedish town of Mora. The race was named for Gustav Vasa, who persuaded the people of Mora to help him drive out the Danes in 1520. He later ruled the country for almost 40 years as King Gustavus I. More than 325,000 have officially completed the Vasaloppet since the race became a national ski festival in 1922. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sails

crab-skuit - A small, open fishing boat with sails. More...

haul - Originally had the nautical meaning of "to trim the sails to sail closer to the wind." More...

sail - Once meant specifically "to travel on a ship with sails," and, later, "to travel on any ship"; figuratively, it means "to go through effortlessly," as in, "to sail through the exam." More...

three sheets to the wind - Pertains to chains that regulate the angle of sails; if the sheets were loose, the boat would become unstable and tipsy. More...

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