Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

glasshouse

Definition:(noun) A building with glass walls and roof; for the cultivation and exhibition of plants under controlled conditions.
Synonyms:greenhouse, nursery
Usage: This kind of plant is very delicate and needs to be grown in a glasshouse.
Daily Grammar Lesson

When to Use a Colon

Because colons act as an introductory element, they stand in place of words that would perform the same task: we should not use colons after words or phrases like "for example," "e.g.," or "namely" because they serve the same purpose, and the sentence would seem redundant if a colon were used as well. What must we use instead? More...
Article of the Day

The Cairo Gang

The Cairo Gang was a group of British intelligence agents who were sent to Dublin during the Irish War of Independence to target prominent members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Numerous members of the Gang, along with several others, were assassinated by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins. The assassinations, and the British reprisal, took place on November 21, 1920, known today as what day? More...
This Day in History

George Boleyn, Brother of Anne, Beheaded (1536)

Henry VIII had two of his six wives beheaded, but the unpleasant consequences of his marriages did not apply only to his spouses. After Henry's first marriage was annulled, he took Anne Boleyn as his queen. Though she bore him the future Queen Elizabeth I, she produced no male heir, and he lost interest in her. In 1536, he had her imprisoned on questionable charges of adultery and incest—allegedly with her brother, George. Both were beheaded. What did George reportedly say before his execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Caroline of Brunswick (1768)

Caroline wed her cousin, George IV, the future king of England, in 1795. The marriage was an unhappy one, and soon after Caroline bore George a daughter, they separated. The two were almost certainly involved in adulterous relationships thereafter—George had even been secretly, and illegally, married to another woman when he wed Caroline—yet it was Caroline whose infidelities sparked an investigation. George became king in 1820. What happened when Caroline tried to claim her rights as queen? More...
Quotation of the Day
Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

have nine lives

To endure, continue, or survive despite a near encounter with death or disaster. From the common myth that cats have nine lives. More...
Today's Holiday

Norway Constitution Day (2018)

May 17, 1814, marks both Norway's declaration of independence from Sweden and the day on which its constitution was signed. This day remains the great spring festival in Norway, and today it is celebrated primarily by young people.The children's procession in Oslo, the capital city, is the largest of many school parades throughout the country. Marching behind their school bands and banners, the children pass under the balcony of the Royal Palace in salute to the king. Everyone joins in the procession, waving Norwegian flags. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: listen

ear to the ground - It was early Native Americans who taught us to, literally, keep an ear to the ground to listen for horses' hooves as riders approached. More...

scout - From the Latin ausculture, "to listen," it became Old French escoute, "a spy." More...

hearken - To pay attention or listen; it can also mean "to return to a previous topic." More...

listen, hear - To listen is to try to hear; to hear is simply to perceive with the ear. More...

In the News

What will happen when our sun dies?

Scientists agree the sun will die in approximately 10 billion years, but they weren't sure what would happen next... until now. A team of international astronomers, including Professor Albert Zijlstra from the University of Manchester, predict it will ... More...
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