Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

backfire

Definition:(verb) Come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect.
Synonyms:backlash, recoil
Usage: Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Noun Phrases

Noun phrases are groups of two or more words within a sentence that function grammatically as nouns. Noun phrases consist of a noun and what else? More...
Article of the Day

Video Game Addiction

Though it is not classified as a distinct mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, video game addiction is considered by many mental health professionals to be a legitimate form of addiction, and several countries have even opened treatment centers for this problem. Addicted players often become socially isolated as they focus increasingly on in-game achievements. What type of legislation has been proposed or implemented to combat this issue? More...
This Day in History

Bhumibol Adulyadej Becomes King of Thailand (1946)

A member of Thailand's Chakri dynasty, Bhumibol began his reign when his brother, King Ananda Mahidol, died in 1946 under mysterious circumstances. Bhumibol ruled with a regent until 1950, when he was formally crowned Rama IX. The longest-ruling monarch in Thailand's history, he also became the longest-reigning ruler in the world in 2000. Although his power is largely ceremonial, he has enjoyed great popular support and serves as a focus of national unity. Who is Bhumibol's heir apparent? More...
Today's Birthday

Les Paul (1915)

Paul began playing country music at 14, later switched to jazz, and started his own trio in 1936. Considered one of the finest jazz guitarists, he was famous for his amazing versatility. Dissatisfied with the sound of available instruments, Paul invented a solid-body electric guitar in 1941 that was marketed by Gibson and became extremely important in the development of rock music. Several versions of his prized guitars are still manufactured. What else did he invent? More...
Quotation of the Day
The voice of the sea is seductive; never ceasing, whispering, clamoring, murmuring, inviting the soul to wander for a spell in abysses of solitude; to lose itself in mazes of inward contemplation.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in his or her manner or behavior. More...
Today's Holiday

Pentecost (2019)

As recorded in the New Testament in Acts 2, it was on the 50th day after Easter that the Apostles were praying together and the Holy Spirit descended on them in the form of tongues of fire, and they received the "gift of tongues"—the ability to speak in other languages. The English call it White Sunday, or Whitsunday, after the white garments worn on Pentecost by the newly baptized. In Germany it is called Pfingsten, and pink and red peonies, called Pfingstrosen, or "Whitsun roses," are the symbols along with birch trees. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perfume

silence - Lack of flavor in a distilled spirit or lack of scent in a flower, perfume, or spice is a "silence." More...

perfume, eau de toilette, cologne, eau de cologne - Perfume or parfum is 20–40% oil and the highest concentration; eau de toilette is 10–18% oil, and cologne or eau de cologne is 3–9% oil. More...

attar - A flower's essence, used for perfume. More...

toilet water, eau de toilette - Eau de toilette, or toilet water, is a dilute form of perfume. More...

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