Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 14, 2018)
Word of the Day

off-licence

Definition:(noun) A store that sells alcoholic beverages for consumption elsewhere.
Synonyms:liquor store, package store
Usage: He went into an off-licence to buy a bottle of cider.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Verbs

Regular verbs form the past simple tense and past participle the same way (-d or -ed), while irregular verbs do not adhere to a distinct or predictable pattern. What common verb is known as a "highly irregular" verb? More...
Article of the Day

Cité Soleil

One of the largest slums in the Northern Hemisphere, Cité-Soleil is a very densely populated shantytown located in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, that is generally regarded as one of the nation's poorest and most dangerous areas. There are no police, no sewers, no stores, and little to no electricity. Its population, composed mostly of children and young adults, is beset by extreme poverty, violence, disease, and the presence of armed gangs. Approximately how many people live in Cité-Soleil? More...
This Day in History

Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Awarded Patent (1794)

By the end of the 18th century, the mechanization of fabric production in England had created a huge demand for US cotton, but cotton production was hampered by the large amount of manual labor required to remove the sticky seeds from the raw fiber. Whitney's cotton gin solved this problem, performing the work mechanically and quickly. Cotton production in the US skyrocketed, as did the slave population—which quadrupled by 1850. Why was Whitney unable to profit from his invention? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Strauss I (1804)

Tragically orphaned at the age of 12, Strauss was apprenticed to a bookbinder but studied violin on the side. After completing his apprenticeship, he performed in string quartets around Vienna before deciding to start his own band and write his own music. He enjoyed much professional success, but his family life was tempestuous. He forbade his children to study music, but they did anyway, with Johann II eventually overshadowing him. In 1849, he died after contracting scarlet fever from whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should—so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855)

Idiom of the Day

have a fable for (something)

To have a strong or particular preference, affinity, or weakness for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Holmenkollen International Ski Meet (2020)

The Holmenkollen International Ski Meet is a Norwegian winter festival held at Holmenkollen Hill outside Oslo. It is the main winter sports event of the year and it covers all types of skiing—cross-country racing and jumping as well as downhill and slalom. The world's best skiers meet here to compete for highly coveted prizes. At the high point of the festival, over a hundred thousand spectators, headed by the king and the royal family, gather at the famous Holmenkollen Hill to watch the ski-jumping event, which has been held here since 1892. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: small piece

collup - A small piece or slice. More...

cover slip - The small piece of thin glass that goes over the specimen on a microscope slide. More...

brioche - In French, it literally means "split up into small pieces." More...

stamp - Originally meant "crush into small pieces; pound"; its sense of "imprint with design by pressure" came into play in the 16th century—and is the semantic basis of postage stamp. More...

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