Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

tinder

Definition:(noun) Readily combustible material, such as dry twigs, used to kindle fires.
Synonyms:kindling, spunk, touchwood, punk
Usage: One of the fishermen struck light from a stone, set fire to some tinder, and by the aid of a match lit a lantern.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Multipliers

Multipliers are words and expressions that modify uncountable nouns and plural countable nouns by multiplying quantity. What is the multiplier in the following sentence? "I now earn double my previous wage." More...
Article of the Day

Khat

Khat is a flowering plant native to East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, where it has been used for centuries as a stimulant. It contains cathinone, an addicting, amphetamine-like substance that causes excitement and euphoria. Use of the drug, which is generally ingested by chewing the plant's leaves, has been reported throughout the world, though it is, in many countries, a controlled and illegal substance. In what country can one apply for a permit to import small amounts of khat? More...
This Day in History

British Parliament Votes in Favor of All-Elected House of Lords (2007)

In the UK, Parliament consists, technically, of the monarch, the House of Commons, and the House of Lords. The great power of the House of Commons lies, historically, in its control of government finances. However, the powers of the House of Lords have been negligible since 1911, when an act stripped the House of Lords of its veto power on money bills and on other bills under some circumstances. The vote in 2007 for an all-elected House of Lords came after several votes on what other options? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Magnani (1908)

An illegitimate child abandoned by her parents and raised by her grandparents in a Roman slum, Magnani overcame incredible odds to become an internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-winning actress. She began her performing career singing bawdy street songs in the nightclubs of Rome, but before long she was starring on the stage and screen, earning recognition for her dynamic and forceful portrayals of earthy, lower-class women. A believer in the supernatural, Magnani claimed to have what power? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

make an end of (something)

To stop, cease, or conclude something. More...
Today's Holiday

Burbank Day (2018)

The birthday of naturalist and plant breeder Luther Burbank (1849-1926) is observed in California in much the same way Arbor Day is observed in other states—that is, with activities promoting the value of natural resources and the protection of trees and birds. Burbank moved from his native Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, Califotnia, in 1875 and spent the rest of his life there experimenting with new varieties of fruits, flowers, and vegetables. On March 7 a birthday and Arbor Day celebration is held at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shed

train shed - A large structure sheltering tracks and platforms of a railroad station. More...

hangar - Simply meant "shed" for carriages when it came into English. More...

shebang - May come from an Irish name for a speakeasy—shebeen—so the "whole shebeen" was the whole drinking establishment; shebang also first meant "hut, shed, dwelling." More...

shoding, shed - The part in a person's hair is the shoding or shed. More...

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