Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 25, 2015)
Word of the Day

oenophile

Definition:(noun) A connoisseur of fine wines.
Synonyms:wine lover
Usage: The oenophile was heartbroken when months of heavy rain ruined a particularly promising grape harvest.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Short vs. Long Adverbs

If we use more than one adverb to describe a verb, there is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear. However, an adverb's length can also impact where it is placed in a sentence. Do short adverbs or long adverbs tend to be positioned first? More...
Article of the Day

The Kingdom of Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small, landlocked, mountainous country in southeast Africa. In 1968, Swaziland achieved complete independence, but retained membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. The country is cut by four major river systems, which are increasingly used for irrigation. Sugarcane is the country's leading export, but pineapple, citrus fruit, and cotton are also important agricultural exports. Why does Swaziland have the one of the world's lowest life expectancy rates? More...
This Day in History

Uruguay Declares Its Independence from Brazil (1825)

In 1811, José Gervasio Artigas, who would become Uruguay's national hero, launched a successful revolution against the Spanish authorities who ruled a combined Uruguay and Argentina. Ten years later, the eastern province of Uruguay was annexed by Brazil, which was still under Portuguese rule. Brazil became independent from Portugal the following year, and in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. Why is the country now called the Oriental Republic of Uruguay? More...
Today's Birthday

Ivan the Terrible (1530)

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to formally assume the title "czar." His early reign saw modernization, expansion, and reform. However, after a near-fatal illness, a failed war against Sweden and Poland, and the death of a wife, Ivan's mental state deteriorated. He withdrew to his personal territory, and his later reign was marked by extreme violence, repression, and tyranny. He rid himself of unwanted wives by forcing them into convents. Why did Ivan murder his son—and only heir—in 1581? More...
Quotation of the Day
If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake—Aye, what then?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

Idiom of the Day

the lady of the house

A woman who looks after and runs the house; the matriarch of a family or household. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Independence Day (2017)

This national holiday commemorates the declaration of independence of Uruguay from Portuguese rule on this day in 1825. By 1828, Uruguay was officially autonomous. Patriotic ceremonies are held in the capital city of Montevideo, with speeches and the singing of the national anthem. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: starts

ptarmic - Describing a substance that starts a sneezing bout. More...

early adopter - A person who starts using a technology or product as soon as it becomes available. More...

prolepsis - Anticipation before something starts is prolepsis. More...

start from scratch - Comes from giving handicaps to some competitors in racing; a contestant who starts from scratch (a line scratched in the turf or gravel) is the one who has no special advantage. More...

In the News

People with Autism and Learning Disabilities Excel in Creative Thinking, Study Shows

A new study showing that people with autism display higher levels of creativity has been welcomed by campaigners who say it helps debunk a myth about people with learning disabilities. Scientists found that people with the developmental condition were ... More...
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