Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, June 30, 2019)
Word of the Day

low-key

Definition:(adjective) Restrained in style or quality.
Synonyms:subdued
Usage: After the wild party she had last year, Elena was looking forward to finally having a low-key birthday celebration.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Viewpoint Adverbs

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view we are expressing, or to specify what aspect of something we are talking about. What do they modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Parachute

The parachute was conceived by the 14th century, but practical demonstrations began only in the 1780s in France. The first successful parachute descent from a great height occurred in 1797, when André-Jacques Garnerin made a 3,200-ft (1,000-m) exhibition jump from a balloon. In 1802, he made an 8,000-ft (2,400-m) jump. Early parachutes were made of canvas, but this was later replaced by silk and then nylon and Kevlar. What is the world record for the highest parachute jump and longest free-fall? More...
This Day in History

The Great Blondin Crosses Niagara Falls on Tightrope (1859)

Best known as "The Great Blondin," Jean François Gravelet was a French tightrope walker and acrobat famous for making multiple crossings of Niagara Falls on a tightrope on several occasions. Balancing 160 feet (48 m) above the water on a 1,100-foot (335-m) tightrope, Blondin dazzled crowds by using a different theatrical variation each time he crossed, performing the feat blindfolded, in a sack, pushing a wheelbarrow, on stilts, carrying a man on his back, and sitting down to do what? More...
Today's Birthday

Michael Phelps (1985)

Phelps is an American swimmer who has won 16 Olympic medals, 14 of them gold. He started swimming as a child and competed in his first Olympics at 15. A year later, he became the youngest male ever to set a world swimming record, doing so in the 200-meter butterfly. In 2008, he set a record for most gold medals won at a single Olympiad—eight—while setting as many swimming records. Phelps has several unusual physical characteristics that may give him an edge in the sport. What are they? More...
Quotation of the Day
Accursed be he that first invented war.

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)

Idiom of the Day

hog (something)

To take or use something all for oneself; to not allow others to have or use something. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Army Day (2020)

Guatemala's Liberal Revolution, which called for the end of the dictatorship of Vicente Cerna, culminated with a revolt in Guatemala City on June 30, 1871. Originally known as Revolution Day, the anniversary of the revolt became Día del Ejército (Army Day), an official holiday recognizing the service of the armed forces. It has been marked over the years by annual parades, usually in Guatemala City. In 2007, protests against the parade spawned violence in the streets, and the ongoing resistance compelled the government to cancel the official parade the following year. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slave

amanuensis - Literally "slave at hand"—for a literary assistant, especially one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts. More...

ciao - Also ciau; from Italian, it is an alteration of schiavo, "(I am your) slave." More...

serve - From Latin servire, "serve," from servus, "slave." More...

addict - To addict originally meant "to award as a slave"; an addict now is a slave to his/her habit, from Latin addictus, which, in Roman law, meant "a debtor awarded as a slave to his creditor." More...

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