Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

corrode

Definition:(verb) Cause to deteriorate due to the action of water, air, or an acid.
Synonyms:rust, eat
Usage: Nothing can be a stronger proof of the malignant quality of the air than that the rust will immediately corrode both the iron and brass if they are not carefully covered with straw.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Irregular Comparative Adverbs

Just as there are irregular adverbs, there are irregular comparative adverbs. "Well" is an example of an irregular comparative adverb. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Ugarit

Ugarit was an ancient capital city on the Mediterranean coast of what is now Syria that thrived as a trade center between 1450 and 1200 BCE. Philologists knew of it from Egyptian and Hittite sources, but its location was a mystery until the accidental discovery of an ancient tomb in 1928. Among the libraries of tablets that were subsequently excavated were ones describing the basis for the cult of Baal in the previously unknown language of Ugaritic and a letter by the last king describing what? More...
This Day in History

Anne Frank and Family Deported to Auschwitz (1944)

Thanks to the poignant and insightful diary she left behind, Anne Frank is one of the most renowned and discussed victims of the Holocaust. Her family emigrated to Amsterdam in 1933 to escape the Nazis but was forced into hiding after the Nazis occupied the Netherlands. Betrayed to the Germans in 1944, the Franks were soon sent to Auschwitz, where they were separated by gender. Later, Anne and her sister were moved to Bergen-Belsen, where both died. Did any members of the Frank family survive? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Sullivan (1856)

Sullivan is considered the father of modern American architecture. After working for several Chicago firms, he joined the office of Dankmar Adler in 1879, becoming Adler's partner at age 24. Their 14-year association produced more than 100 buildings, many of them landmarks. During this period, Frank Lloyd Wright spent six years as an apprentice to Sullivan, who would be a major influence on the younger architect. What famous phrase did Sullivan coin to express his architectural philosophy? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

broken record

A person or thing that repeats itself over and over again. Likened to vinyl records that when severely scratched (i.e., "broken") can loop over the same recorded segment endlessly. More...
Today's Holiday

Taiwan Armed Forces Day (2019)

Founded in 1955, Armed Forces Day in Taiwan honors the country's military and celebrates their victory over the Japanese in World War II (called in Taiwan the War of Resistance). The day is marked by military parades featuring special units chosen for their precision and outstanding performance. A troop-cheering by the onlookers is also part of the celebration, as are educational activities covering the history of the war period and the role of the Taiwanese military in defeating the enemy. The day is also marked by the members of the armed forces having a rare day off from work. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stall

loge - A booth or stall; also a box in a theatre. More...

cage - Came to English from Latin cavea, "enclosure for animals; coop, hive, or stall"—or "dungeon." More...

install - Its earliest sense was "place in office by seating in a stall or official seat," from Old French estaler, "to place," from estal, "place." More...

pedestal - Comes from Old Italian piedestallo, a conflation of pie de stallo, "foot of a stall." More...

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