Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 22, 2018)
Word of the Day

troglodyte

Definition:(noun) A cave dweller, especially one of the prehistoric peoples thought to have lived in caves.
Synonyms:caveman
Usage: These vile old troglodytes are no longer there; but into their deserted cave another terrible giant has thrust himself, and makes it his business to seize upon honest travelers and fatten them for his table.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Direct Objects

Direct objects are directly affected by the verbs they complete—that is, the verb's action is happening directly to them. What is the direct object in the following sentence? "The dog chased its tail." More...
Article of the Day

Classified Information in the US

The US government has three levels of classification: "confidential," "secret," and "top secret." Each level of classification indicates an increasing degree of sensitivity, which is based upon a calculation of the damage that the release of the information would cause to national security. The classification system has been revised many times. Why do some speculate that there may be a level "above" top secret? More...
This Day in History

London Police Kill Commuter, Sparking Furor (2005)

The day before this controversial police shooting, four suicide bombing attempts on London's transport system failed, sparking a massive manhunt for the escaped bombers. With the perpetrators still at large, commuters returned to the tube. On July 22, police at the Stockwell tube station shot and killed 27-year-old Jean Charles de Menezes, whom they mistook for suspected bomber Hussain Osman. What police protocol for dealing with suspected suicide bombers was criticized after the tragic mistake? More...
Today's Birthday

Henryk Goldszmit, AKA Janusz Korczak (1878)

Goldszmit was a Jewish doctor and author of children's literature who wrote under the pen name Janusz Korczak. In 1912, he established an orphanage in Warsaw. When World War II broke out, he refused to flee the Nazis and continued to care for the children even after his orphanage was forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto in 1940. In August 1942, Nazi soldiers came with orders to take all the children and workers in the orphanage to the Treblinka concentration camp. What happened to Korczak? More...
Quotation of the Day
Revolutions are usually accompanied by a considerable effusion of blood, but are accounted worth it—this appraisement being made by beneficiaries whose blood had not the mischance to be shed.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

be on (the) air

To be broadcasting live, as on television or radio. More...
Today's Holiday

Tisha b'Av (2018)

The Jewish Fast of Av is a period of fasting, lamentation, and prayer in memory of the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. When the Babylonians under Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the First Temple in 586 BCE, the Jews rebuilt it, but continued the fast day. Then the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, and a long period of exile began for the Jews. The nine days from the beginning of Av through Tisha b'Av mark a period of intense mourning for the various disasters and tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people throughout history. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: remote

remote - From Latin remotus, the past participle of removere, "remove." More...

remote sensing - The scanning of the earth by satellite or aircraft to obtain information about it. More...

devious - Its literal meaning is "out of the way," from Latin de via—applied to a place that was remote because it was off the main road. More...

remote control - The term existed by 1904, and the shortened version, remote, was used in print by 1966. More...

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