Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

inexorable

Definition:(adjective) Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless.
Synonyms:relentless, grim, unappeasable, unrelenting, unforgiving, stern
Usage: The inexorable investigator questioned the witness repeatedly, long after she had been reduced to tears and claimed to know nothing more.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs Ending in "-ly"

Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to the end of an adjective. If an adverb has been created according to this pattern, we simply use the words "most" or "least" to make the superlative degree. What words are added to adverbs ending in "-ly" to create the comparative degree? More...
Article of the Day

The Han Dynasty

The Han dynasty ruled China from 202 BCE to 220 CE. During the period of civil strife that followed the fall of the Ch'in dynasty, Liu Pang, a farmer and guerilla fighter, defeated his rivals for the throne and established himself as the first Han emperor. Under Han rule, the harsh laws of the Ch'in were repealed, taxes were lightened, and the absolute autocracy of the emperor was lessened. Which emperor is credited with China's shift from the Taoist system to the Confucian ideal? More...
This Day in History

Lee Harvey Oswald Murdered by Jack Ruby on Live Television (1963)

Hours after US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a Dallas parade, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. After two days of interrogations, Oswald was being led through the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters to be transferred to a county jail when Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby stepped out of the crowd and shot him. Millions of people saw the incident on live television. Despite attempts to link Ruby to some conspiracy, he appears to have acted alone. Where did Oswald die? More...
Today's Birthday

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864)

Toulouse-Lautrec developed his interest in art as a teen during a lengthy convalescence after breaking both his legs in separate accidents. At 21, he set up his own studio in Paris, but alcoholism brought about his early demise at 36. Even so, he left an enormous and influential body of work, which captured the atmosphere of Paris brothels and cabaret life with intense colors and remarkable objectivity. His lithographs and posters are now world-renowned. What cocktail is he said to have created? More...
Quotation of the Day
Do not imagine you can exorcise what oppresses you in life by giving vent to it in art.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

get in(to) hot water

To provoke or incite anger, hostility, or punishment against oneself; to cause or encounter trouble or difficulty, especially that which will result in punishment or reprisal. More...
Today's Holiday

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (2020)

Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh gurus, or spiritual teachers. In November 1675, he went to Delhi to meet with the Indian emperor Aurangzeb, who had him beheaded because he would not convert to Islam. Sikhs everywhere observe his martyrdom with religious processions and pilgrimages at gurdwaras, or houses of worship, with a special devotion to him, and especially at the site of his martyrdom in Delhi at the Gurdwara Sisganj temple. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vomit

brash - A euphemism for vomit. More...

retch, wretch - Retch is the verb to vomit or gag; wretch is a noun for a pitiable person. More...

spew - First meant "vomit." More...

vomit - From Latin vomere. More...

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