Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

haply

Definition:(adverb) By accident.
Synonyms:by chance, by luck
Usage: Her true feelings were betrayed by a word haply spoken and immediately regretted.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjectives

Adjectives are used almost exclusively to modify nouns, as well as any phrase or part of speech functioning as a noun. Some adjectives appear directly before (or sometimes directly after) the noun or pronoun they modify. What are these called? More...
Article of the Day

Imagism

Imagism was a movement in early 20th-century Anglo-American poetry that rejected the sentiment and artifice typical of Romantic and Victorian poetry and instead favored precision of imagery and clear, sharp language. The Imagists were influenced by classicism, by Chinese and Japanese poetry, and by the French Symbolists. Despite the movement's short life, it deeply influenced the course of modernist poetry in English. Who were some prominent Imagist poets? More...
This Day in History

Ronald Reagan Challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear Down This Wall" (1987)

The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 by the East German government and later extended along the entire border between East and West Germany. Built to prevent defections, it became a symbol of the Cold War. In 1987, US President Reagan visited Berlin to commemorate the city's 750th anniversary and used his speech to publicly challenge Gorbachev to destroy the wall. Two years later, it was dismantled in a failed bid by the Communists to retain power. Why did some Reagan staffers oppose his speech? More...
Today's Birthday

Eddie Adams (1933)

Adams, a Pulitzer Prize-winning American photographer and photojournalist noted for his war coverage and portraits of celebrities and politicians, began his career as a combat photographer during the Korean War. His best known photograph, a harrowing image of the moment that South Vietnamese police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan executed a Vietcong prisoner, Nguyen Van Lem, on a Saigon street in 1968, won the Pulitzer Prize. Why did he later apologize to the police chief for having taken the picture? More...
Quotation of the Day
The egoism which enters into our theories does not affect their sincerity; rather, the more our egoism is satisfied, the more robust is our belief.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

an honest buck

Honest, legal work or income. Often used in the phrase "make/earn an honest buck." Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

National Agriculture Fair at Santarem (2019)

The most important agricultural fair in Portugal is held for 10 days in June each year at Santarém, capital of the rich agricultural province of Ribatejo. Although the focus of the Ribatejo Fair is on farming and livestock breeding, there is also a colorful program of bullfighting, folk singing, and dancing, as well as a procession of campinos, or bull-herders. Many other European countries exhibit farm animals and machinery at the Feira Nacional de Agricultura. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: kiln

hovel - A conical building enclosing a kiln. More...

oast - A kiln used to dry hops or malt or tobacco. More...

battledore - Can refer to various tools, such as the paddle of a canoe or a utensil for inserting loaves into an oven or wares into a kiln. More...

china - Comes from Persian chini, for the delicate and valuable ware first made in China; the word describes pieces made from certain kinds of clay that have been glazed, usually decorated, and fired in a kiln at high temperatures. More...

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