Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

polyglot

Definition:(noun) A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.
Synonyms:linguist
Usage: He was a polyglot who spoke nine languages fluently.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements and Sentence Placement

Adverbial complements always appear after the verb they complement. If the verb is intransitive, the complement will appear directly after the verb. If the verb is transitive, where will the complement appear? More...
Article of the Day

Istanbul

The city of Istanbul, which extends on both the European and Asian sides of the Bosporus strait, is the only city in the world to span 2 continents. Over the centuries, this area has been under Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Turkish control. One of the great historic metropolises of the world, Istanbul is Turkey's chief city and seaport as well as its commercial, industrial, and financial center. Istanbul is home to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, and what other historic sites? More...
This Day in History

IRA Bomb Kills British Statesman and Naval Commander Louis Mountbatten (1979)

A British statesman and former naval commander, Mountbatten often spent his summers in Mullaghmore, Ireland, an area also frequented by members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). In the summer of 1979, IRA member Thomas McMahon planted a bomb in Mountbatten's boat, and it exploded as Mountbatten and some family members left on a fishing trip. Mountbatten was killed along with his grandson and another boy working on the boat. What other IRA incident happened the same day? More...
Today's Birthday

Helen Gibson (1892)

Gibson was an American film actress, producer, trick rider, and rodeo performer, but her greatest claim to fame was that she was the first professional American stuntwoman. She got her start in stunt work doubling for Helen Holmes in The Hazards of Helen adventure film series and eventually took over the role entirely. She suffered a series of setbacks in the mid-1920s but persevered and managed to revive her Hollywood career. What are some of the dangerous stunts she performed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Reproach is infinite, and knows no end.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

strap on the (old) feed bag

slang To begin eating; to have a meal. More...
Today's Holiday

Moldova Independence Day (2018)

On August 27, 1991, the Republic of Moldova became an independent and sovereign state. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the country celebrates Independence Day every year on August 27. As part of the celebrations, the Moldovan President addresses the people of the country with a festive speech. Public concerts, fairs, and outdoor activities are held in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, as well as in other cities around the country. On August 27, 2001, the first military parade was held in Chisinau to celebrate the first 10 years of the country's independence. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: poles

sedan chair - An enclosed chair carried on poles. More...

oblate, prolate - Oblate means "flattened at the poles," and the opposite is prolate; the Earth is an oblate spheroid. More...

tent - Comes from a Latin word for "stretch," as early tents were made from cloth or skins stretched on poles. More...

running boards - Originally extended from bow to stern on canal boats—which men walked along, propelling the boats with poles. More...

In the News

Australian Researchers Combat Bee Decline with Tiny Trackers

It's never been harder to be a bee. Parasites, diseases and habitat loss have all taken a toll on bees and other pollinating insects, a crucial part of the global food production network, with billions of dollars riding on their tiny backs. Now ... More...
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