Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 25, 2020)
Word of the Day

incriminate

Definition:(verb) Suggest that someone is guilty.
Synonyms:inculpate, imply
Usage: Every paper which would incriminate him was destroyed before he left the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Irregular Adverbs

Irregular adverbs are adverbs that are not formed from standard English spelling conventions. Because they do not follow the "rules," there is no trick to using them: you simply have to memorize them. "Fast" and "good" are examples of irregular adverbs. What are others? More...
Article of the Day

The History of Earth

Earth is believed to be 4.5 to 5 billion years old and was probably formed along with the rest of the solar system when a dusty nebula coalesced into distinct planetary bodies. Since its creation, Earth has endured numerous transformations and catastrophes, geological and biological alike. Though life on the planet arose roughly 3.5 billion years ago, humans appeared only relatively recently. What planet may have long ago collided with Earth, ejecting enough material into space to form the Moon? More...
This Day in History

Slovenia National Day (1991)

Following WWI, Slovenia formed a federation with Serbia and Croatia that in 1929 became Yugoslavia. In 1991, Slovenia declared its independence from Yugoslavia on the same day as Croatia—after elections in 1990 showed that 88 percent of the people wished to secede. Yugoslavia immediately took military action, but the resulting Ten-Day War had few casualties, and the Slovenian victory solidified the new nation's independence. In 2008, Slovenia became the first post-communist country to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Henri (1865)

Henri was an American painter and teacher and a leading figure in the Ashcan school, a realist movement in American art best known for its scenes of ordinary city life. He studied in Paris and taught and worked in Philadelphia and New York. He rebelled against academic art and impressionism and encouraged his students to shun the formalization of style and view art as a medium through which to express life and humanity. What exhibition did he organize in New York in 1908 that became a sensation? More...
Quotation of the Day
Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she had laid an asteroid.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

hindsight is (always) 20/20

It is easier to clearly reevaluate past actions or decisions than when they are being made or done; things are clearer or more obvious when they are reflected upon. A reference to the visual acuity of normal eyesight (20/20 vision). More...
Today's Holiday

Tano Festival (Dano-nal) (2020)

An ancient spring agricultural festival in Korea, the Tano Festival started as a planting ritual and a time to pray for a good harvest. Festivities in the countryside include swinging contests for girls, while boys and men take part in ssirum, native Korean wrestling, a sport that can be dated to 400 CE. Today ssirum matches are nationally televised. In the east coast town of Kangnung, the festival goes on for nearly a week. Activities include a mask dance-drama of ancient tradition and shaman kut, ritualistic ceremonies combining theatrics with music and dance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shop

chippy - A shop that sells fish and chips can be called a chippy. More...

odditorium - A shop for oddities or oddments (broken parts or parts of once-complete sets). More...

shop, store - At first, shop designated a small retail establishment and store was applied only to a large establishment; now the differences are blurred. More...

stationer - A bookseller who had a regular "station" or shop at a university, unlike most booksellers, who were itinerant vendors. More...

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