Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

acquittance

Definition:(noun) A written release from an obligation, specifically a receipt indicating payment in full.
Synonyms:release
Usage: After years of haggling over debts and money owed, the two men resolved their dispute and drew up an acquittance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitives

An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is "unmarked" (not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle "to." What is a split infinitive? More...
Article of the Day

The Boomerang

The boomerang is a sickle-shaped throwing stick used mainly by the Aborigines of Australia. Its arms are slightly curved, and when it is thrown, the boomerang generally follows an arc-shaped trajectory. Recreational boomerangs often travel along a circular path and return to the thrower, but other, larger versions do not return and are used in hunting and warfare. What famous king owned a collection of boomerangs more than 3,000 years ago? More...
This Day in History

Arab League Is Founded (1945)

The League of Arab States was formed in 1945 to give unified political expression to Arab nations and to foster the regional economy. It originally consisted of seven member states and has since grown to include 22. Member states collaborate on cultural, economic, and social programs and have agreed to coordinate military defense measures. They also use the league as a forum for mediating disputes. Which notable countries with large Arab populations are not members of the league? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have a look-see

To have a very quick look or brief examination. More...
Today's Holiday

Bretzelsonndeg (Pretzel Sunday) (2020)

On Bretzelsonndeg in Luxembourg, it is the custom for boys to present their sweethearts with decorated pretzel-cakes. If a girl wants to encourage the boy, she reciprocates with a decorated egg on Easter Sunday. If the pretzel-cake is large, the egg must be large also; a small cake warrants a small egg. The custom is reversed during Leap Year, when girls give cakes to boys on Pretzel Sunday, and boys return the favor with eggs at Easter. Married couples often participate in the exchange of cakes and eggs as well. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seconds

blipvert - A TV advertisement of a few seconds' length. More...

centiday - A period of 14 minutes 24 seconds, a hundredth of a day, used especially in the study of plant growth. More...

fireflies, lightning bug - Fireflies glow for a while but die down; lightning bugs flash their taillights for only a few seconds and never in the same place twice. More...

jiffy - An actual unit of time, .01 seconds. More...

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