Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 15, 2019)
Word of the Day

exhale

Definition:(verb) Expel air.
Synonyms:breathe out, expire
Usage: Exhale when you lift the weight.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Sentences

A sentence, whether short or long, must express a complete idea; and a complete sentence must consist of at least one independent clause. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Kremlin

A kreml, in Russian, is a citadel or walled city center. Several Russian cities have such structures, but the most famous one is in Moscow and is known simply as "the Kremlin." It was the residence Russia’s czars until 1712, and in 1918, it became the Soviet Union's political and administrative center. Triangular and surrounded by crenellated walls, it occupies 90 acres (36.4 hectares) in the historic core of Moscow, a site that has been continuously inhabited since what century BCE? More...
This Day in History

Egypt's Fuad I Transitions from Sultan to King (1922)

Fuad I was the first king of modern Egypt. Educated in Europe, he returned to Egypt in 1880 and founded the University of Cairo in 1906. He succeeded his brother as sultan in 1917, but in 1922, when British control of Egypt ended, Fuad took the title of king. The following year, a new constitution was established. Fuad later abolished it and frequently threw the country into turmoil by dismissing parliament. Under great pressure, he restored the constitution in 1935. Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Andrew Jackson (1767)

The seventh US president, Jackson was a child of the frontier and lost his entire family in the American Revolution. He was just 14 at the time and was already a member of the local militia. After emerging from the War of 1812 a hero for his defense of New Orleans, he rode a wave of popularity to the presidency in 1828. He was seen as a champion of the common man, but he relentlessly displaced many Native Americans. His wife died weeks before his inauguration. Why did he have to marry her twice? More...
Quotation of the Day
The principal thing in this world is to keep one's soul aloft.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have a fling (with someone)

To have a brief, noncommittal sexual relationship (with someone). More...
Today's Holiday

Joseph Jenkins Roberts's Birthday (2020)

Joseph Jenkins Roberts (1809-1876), Liberia's first and seventh president, led the movement for an independent Liberia, established in 1848. This day (also known as J. J. Roberts Day) is also an occasion to pay homage to Liberia's historical role as Africa's oldest republic. In many respects, Roberts's birthday stands apart from other holidays that recognize Liberian notables because he was a member of the established Americo-Liberian elite, a group historically criticized for wielding control over the country's indigenous population for more than a century. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: trivial

folderol - Trivial or nonsensical fuss, nonsense, or a useless trifle. More...

nugacious, nugatory - Nugacious and nugatory are synonyms for trivial. More...

pelsy - Means "trivial, trashy, of little value." More...

psilology - A love of trivial or vacuous talk. More...

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