Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

onerous

Definition:(adjective) Troublesome or oppressive.
Synonyms:burdensome, taxing
Usage: Preparing income tax returns is an onerous task, and many people resort to hiring professional accountants during tax season.
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

Yongle Encyclopedia

In 1403, Ming Dynasty emperor Yongle commissioned a massive encyclopedia project in an attempt to preserve Chinese culture and literature. About 8,000 texts were incorporated into the compendium, which covers an array of subjects including history, philosophy, art, science, and religion. Two thousand scholars worked to compile the encyclopedia, and the finished product contained nearly 23,000 manuscript rolls, or chapters, divided into more than 11,000 volumes. How many volumes survive today? 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
The worst slave-owners were those who were kind to their slaves, and so prevented the horror of the system being realized by those who suffered from it, and understood by those who contemplated it.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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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