Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 4, 2019)
Word of the Day

shirty

Definition:(adjective) (British informal) Ill-tempered or annoyed.
Synonyms:snorty
Usage: He was a bit shirty with her when she arrived late.
Daily Grammar Lesson

When Not to Use a Semicolon

Although semicolons function in ways similar to both commas and periods, they do not have the exact function of either: they are stronger than a comma but weaker than a period, so it is not always appropriate to substitute one for the other. With what types of clauses would we not use a semicolon? More...
Article of the Day

Qadi

A qadi is a Muslim judge who renders decisions according to Sharia, the canon law of Islam. Although his jurisdiction extends to civil and criminal matters, the qadi typically hears only religious cases, such as those involving inheritance, marriage, and divorce. The first qadi was appointed in the 7th century by the second Muslim caliph, 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, to help alleviate the burden of judging disputes that arose in the community. What are the qualifications for becoming a qadi? More...
This Day in History

The 4th of August Regime Established in Greece (1936)

Political instability coupled with economic unrest undermined the Greek government for much of the 1920s and 30s and finally brought parliament to a standstill in 1936. On August 4 of that year, Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas declared a state of emergency, suspended parliament, and made himself dictator—with the blessing of the king. Though his 4th of August Regime suppressed political opposition, it also carried out beneficial economic and social reforms. What brought the regime to an end? More...
Today's Birthday

Raoul Wallenberg (1912)

In 1944, as Nazi troops rounded up hundreds of thousands of Jews in Hungary, Wallenberg—a Swedish citizen who had previously worked for a company run by a Hungarian Jew—asked to be posted there as a diplomat. Once there, he worked relentlessly to save tens of thousands of Jews by sheltering them on Swedish property and distributing counterfeit Swedish passports. He was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and his death while in their custody is shrouded in mystery. What might have happened to him? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

barrel of laughs

Fun, funny, and pleasant. Often used sarcastically to indicate that someone is unpleasant or not enjoyable to be around. More...
Today's Holiday

Antigua Carnival (2020)

In Antigua and Barbuda, to coincide with the already established celebration of the slaves' emancipation, Carnival is celebrated in late July and continues until the first Tuesday in August. Music, competitions, and pageantry dominate the proceedings. Calypso music can be heard throughout the celebration, and the annual calypso competition produces a Calypso Monarch. Other contests include two beauty pageants, which crown Caribbean Queen and Miss Antigua. Every Carnival also features street parades that are famous for their elaborate glittering costumes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoil

bilk - A term originally used in cribbage, meaning "spoil one's opponent's score." More...

corrupt - Comes from Latin corrumpere, "destroy completely," and first meant "to destroy or spoil the flesh, fruit, or organic matter by dissolution or decomposition." More...

infect - From Latin inficere, "put in" or "dip in," which came to mean "stain, taint, spoil." More...

vitiate - "To make imperfect; spoil." More...

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