Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

pompous

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Synonyms:overblown, grandiloquent, portentous
Usage: He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspect

Aspect has to do with how an action, state of being, or event as described by a verb relates to time. It is often confused with tense. How do aspect and tense differ? More...
Article of the Day

Champagne

The word "Champagne," when capitalized, refers specifically to the white, sparkling wine made in the Champagne region of France. Generally, production begins with the fermentation of grapes with low sugar and high acid levels to produce a still wine, which is blended with other wines, a small amount of sugar and yeast, and stored. During the second fermentation, carbon dioxide is trapped in the bottle. How should Champagne be poured in order to preserve the bubbles? More...
This Day in History

Ray Kroc Opens His First McDonald's Franchise (1955)

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California, in 1940 and introduced the "Speedee Service System," establishing the principles of the modern fast-food restaurant. Ray Kroc, a mixer salesman, recognized the idea's potential and partnered with the brothers. Kroc opened his first McDonald's franchise in Illinois in 1955 and later bought out the McDonald brothers. The company now has a global presence. What controversies have stemmed from its success? More...
Today's Birthday

Catherine I of Russia (1684)

Originally a Baltic peasant named Martha, Catherine was captured by Russian soldiers in 1702. That same year, she became the mistress of Peter I. In 1703, after the birth of their first child, she was received into the Russian Orthodox Church and rechristened Catherine. She married Peter in 1712, and in 1724 he had her crowned tsarina and joint ruler. When Peter died in 1725 without naming a successor, she served two years as empress of Russia until her death. How did she and Peter meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
Any coward can fight a battle when he's sure of winning, but give me the man who has pluck to fight when he's sure of losing.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

have seen (one's) day

To be beyond one's prime; to be no longer useful, effective, or functional. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Kim Il-Sung (2020)

The birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15, 1912, is marked as a public holiday throughout North Korea (the Democratic People's Republic of Korea). The holiday is known as the Day of the Sun. All over the country, people lay floral wreaths and baskets before the hundreds of statues that commemorate Kim. The main observances take place in the capital city, Pyongyang, where officials of numerous organizations and citizens lay flowers at one of the nation's grandest monuments to Kim, located on Mansu Hill. Kim Il-Sung ruled North Korea from 1945 until his death in 1994. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pan

casserole - Came from casse, "pan" or "ladle," which probably comes from Greek kuathos, "serving cup"; casserole is a diminutive of casse, "spoonlike container" (cassette is also a diminutive of casse). More...

paella - The rice dish is Spanish for "frying pan," from Latin patella, "little pan." More...

pan, brain pan - The upper part of the skull has been called the pan or brain pan. More...

wok - Derives from a Cantonese word meaning "pan." More...

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