Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

verisimilitude

Definition:(noun) The quality of appearing to be true or real.
Synonyms:vraisemblance
Usage: While recounting the preposterous tale, he threw in a few convincing details to add verisimilitude to the narrative.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subject Complements

A subject complement is the information that follows a linking verb to describe, identify, or rename the subject of the clause. What are the three types of subject complements? More...
Article of the Day

Merkava

The Merkava series of main battle tanks is developed and manufactured by Israel Military Industries, Ltd for the Israel Defense Forces. It is designed to ensure crew survival, battle perseverance, and quick revival in case of bad damage, though it is still is vulnerable to remotely operated land mines. The heavily shielded engine is placed at the front of the tank, while the crew is able to escape through doors at the rear. When and why did Israel decide to develop the Merkava? More...
This Day in History

Lei Áurea: Slavery Abolished in Brazil (1888)

By the 1870s, the plantation culture of northeast Brazil was already crumbling, and the growth of the movement to abolish slavery threatened it even more. The slave trade had been abolished in 1850, and a law for gradual emancipation was passed in 1871. In 1888, while Pedro II was in Europe and his daughter Isabel was governing, slavery was completely abolished—making Brazil the last Western nation to do so. The law that officially abolished slavery was called Lei Áurea, which means what? More...
Today's Birthday

Beatrice "Bea" Arthur (1922)

Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose lengthy career began on the stage. In 1966, she won a Tony award for her role in the musical Mame. She went on to achieve fame on television as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in the Family and Maude and as Dorothy Zbornak on the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls, winning Emmy Awards for both roles. Arthur appeared in what notoriously poorly received 1978 holiday TV special? More...
Quotation of the Day
I needed some real danger and some mortal risk to run, to tranquilize me.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Idiom of the Day

billet-doux

A love letter. More...
Today's Holiday

International Bar-B-Q Festival (2017)

This is a two-day mouth-watering event in Owensboro, Kentucky, which calls itself the Bar-B-Q Capital of the World. In the course of the weekend, 10 tons of mutton, 5,000 chickens, and 1,500 gallons of burgoo are cooked and served. The barbecue-pit fires are lit on the banks of the Ohio River, and the chicken and meat—always mutton, not beef—is barbecued when the coals are red. Other events include arts and crafts exhibits, bluegrass and country music, street dancing, and contests of pie eating, keg throwing and horseshoe throwing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: par

double eagle - Three strokes under par on a single golf hole. Also called an albatross. More...

par - Latin, literally "equal, equality." More...

double bogey - Two strokes over par. More...

birdie - The golf term birdie is a diminutive of bird, "first-rate thing," as it is one stroke under par for a hole. More...

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