Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

lissom

Definition:(adjective) Moving and bending with ease.
Synonyms:lithe, lithesome, supple, sylphlike, svelte, slender
Usage: The boys were batting at the nets, and they were lissom and strong and active.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Restrictive and Non-Restrictive Relative Clauses

Like relative pronouns, relative adverbs can introduce a restrictive relative clause, or a non-restrictive relative clause. Non-restrictive clauses simply give us additional information that is not essential to the sentence. What do restrictive relative clauses do? More...
Article of the Day

James "Honest Dick" Tate

As state treasurer of Kentucky, James "Honest Dick" Tate had a spotless reputation that earned him reelection every two years for two decades. The true irony of Tate's nickname was only revealed in 1888—34 years after he first entered public office—when he absconded with funds from the state treasury. It is estimated that between his shoddy bookkeeping, embezzlement, and outright theft, Tate misappropriated nearly $250,000. He was later impeached and indicted. Was "Honest Dick" ever captured? More...
This Day in History

Tilden Wins Popular Vote, Loses US Presidential Election (1877)

One of the most disputed presidential elections in American history was decided by a single electoral vote, which was likely awarded in an informal deal behind closed doors. Democratic candidate Samuel J. Tilden not only won the popular vote in the 1876 election, but secured 184 electoral votes to Republican Rutherford B. Hayes's 165—until a bitter, months-long political battle ended with Hayes being awarded 20 contested votes. What did the Democrats gain in the so-called Compromise of 1877? More...
Today's Birthday

Moe Berg (1902)

Once known as "the brainiest man in baseball," Berg was a professional athlete who became a professional spy. Though he played for several teams over a span of 15 seasons, he never distinguished himself on the field or at bat. He did, however, speak seven languages, and obtained degrees in languages and law from Princeton and Columbia. At one point in his espionage career, the former backup shortstop and catcher was tasked with helping to determine whether or not to assassinate whom? More...
Quotation of the Day
To make a contented slave, it is necessary to make a thoughtless one. It is necessary to darken his moral and mental vision, and, as far as possible, to annihilate the power of reason.

Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

Idiom of the Day

lay the groundwork (for something)

To create or prepare the basics or essential foundation (for something); to pave the way (for something). More...
Today's Holiday

Ethiopia Victory of Adwa Commemoration Day (2021)

Ethiopia is an African country that successfully shook off European domination for centuries. One pivotal moment of resistance was the Ethiopian army's historic victory, led by Emperor Menelik II, over invading Italian troops in the Battle of Adwa, a two-day battle that ended on March 2. Festivities take place on its anniversary throughout the country, with official ceremonies in the capital, Addis Ababa, and Adwa, the market town located near the battle site. People will also leave wreaths at the Menelik Monument, which commemorates the victory led by the Ethiopian emperor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: instruction

catechism, catechumen - Catechism comes from Latin catechismus, "instruction by word of mouth," and is literally a series of questions and answers; a catechumen is a young Christian preparing for confirmation. More...

disciple, discipline - Disciple comes from a Latin word meaning "learner" and discipline comes from one meaning "instruction, knowledge." More...

document - First meant "instruction" or "evidence," whether written or not. More...

lore - Originally meant "the act of teaching" or a "piece of instruction, lesson." More...

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