Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 7, 2017)
Word of the Day

pandemonium

Definition:(noun) A state of extreme confusion and disorder.
Synonyms:bedlam, chaos, topsy-turvydom
Usage: Instantly the avenue was a pandemonium of clashing blades, cursing warriors, and squealing throats.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns - Number

Grammatical number in English simply means whether something or someone is singular or plural—i.e. whether there is one (singular) or more than one (plural). For nouns, we usually just add an "-s" to the end of the word to signify that it is plural. Why can't the same be done to pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Deadly Yellow River

Stretching 3,395 miles (5,464 km), the Yellow River, or Huang He, is the world's sixth longest river. Called the "the cradle of Chinese civilization" because its basin is the birthplace of the northern Chinese civilizations, the oft-flooding river has also earned the nickname "China's Sorrow." Its floods—more than 1,500 in the last 3 to 4 millennia—have caused some of the deadliest natural disasters in human history and claimed millions of lives. How was the river once used as a weapon of war? More...
This Day in History

Tomb of Herod the Great Is Discovered (2007)

Herod the Great was the Roman-appointed king of Judaea in the first century BCE. Infamous today for his role in the Biblical account of the slaying of the infants of Bethlehem, Herod was known during his lifetime for his ambitious building projects, including fortresses, aqueducts, and theaters. The location of his tomb, described by the first-century CE Roman-Jewish historian Josephus Flavius, remained a mystery until 2007, when an Israeli archeologist found it where? More...
Today's Birthday

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840)

A towering figure in Russian music and one of the most popular composers in history, Tchaikovsky became interested in music as a child and turned to serious composition at 14. His works are noted for their expressive melodies, and he is said to have revolutionized ballet by transforming it from a grand decorative gesture into a staged musical drama. His ballets include Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. What Russian businesswoman supported him for 13 years but—as a rule—never met him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Misfortune, n.: The kind of fortune that never misses.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

down in the mouth

Visibly sad or depressed. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Tagore (2018)

This date commemorates the birth of Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the great poet, philosopher, social reformer, dramatist, and musician of Calcutta, India. In 1913, he was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Tagore's birthday is celebrated with a festival of his poetry, plays, music, and dance dramas. There are discussions at schools and universities of his ideas on education and philosophy, and screenings of films based on Tagore's short stories and novels made by filmmaker and Calcutta native, Satyajit Ray. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whip

flail - Based on Latin flagellum, "whip." More...

lash - The flexible part of a whip. More...

scourge - Based on Latin ex-, "thoroughly," and corriga, "whip." More...

crack - The "crack" of a whip is the miniature sonic boom that occurs as the tip breaks the sound barrier. More...

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