Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 5, 2017)
Word of the Day

elfin

Definition:(adjective) Having a magical quality or charm; fairylike.
Synonyms:fey
Usage: The ballerina moved across the dimly lit stage with elfin grace.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adjectives

In English, the order of adjectives can sometimes be flexible, but most of the time we use a very specific order. To avoid unnatural-sounding sentences, what types of adjectives are used first? More...
Article of the Day

Debt Bondage

Debt bondage is a means of paying off loans with direct labor instead of currency or goods. Bonded persons are not legally owned but are instead contractually bound to perform labor to work off a debt under terms that often make it impossible to completely retire the debt. Defined as a form of modern-day slavery by the UN and prohibited by international law, debt bondage nonetheless persists in many areas of the world. According to estimates, how many people are subjected to debt bondage today? More...
This Day in History

Dolly, the First Cloned Sheep, Is Born (1996)

Perhaps the most famous sheep in history, Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell through the somatic cell nuclear transfer technique, in which the nucleus of an egg cell is replaced by the nucleus of a cell from the organism to be cloned. In successful cases, the egg cell develops into a healthy fetus, but the success rate of cloning has been low. Of 277 eggs, only 29 created viable embryos, and Dolly was the only one to survive to adulthood. How did she get her name? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Jean Raymond Pompidou (1911)

Pompidou was premier of France from 1962 to 1968 and president from 1969 to 1974. As Charles de Gaulle's chief aide from 1958 to 1959, he helped draft the constitution of the Fifth Republic. He secretly negotiated a cease-fire in the Algerian War in 1961 and was appointed premier the following year. In 1968, he skillfully negotiated an end to the French student-worker strikes. Elected president in 1969, he continued de Gaulle's policies. What job did Pompidou hold before he entered politics? More...
Quotation of the Day
My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

flap (one's) gums

To chatter or blather. More...
Today's Holiday

African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (2019)

The African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) is a music and culture celebration held in Washington Park in Chicago over a four-day period extending from Thursday through Sunday of Independence Day weekend. IFOL showcases reggae, calypso, world beat, R&B, hip-hop, jazz, blues, and Latin music. In addition, it features dance performances, food, clothing, arts, crafts, and a variety of activities and games designed for family entertainment. IFOL organizers sponsor the event to promote peace, love, and unity among nations. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: location

Cook's tour - A very fast tour of a location, from Thomas Cook, the famous travel agent. More...

stamping ground, stomping ground - Stamping ground or stomping ground originally referred to a location frequented by animals. More...

map reference - The numbers and letters you use to find a location on a map. More...

urheimat - The location where a people or language originated. More...

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