Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

disbelieve

Definition:(verb) Reject as false; refuse to accept.
Synonyms:discredit
Usage: He was inclined to disbelieve her story, but she had several documents to support her claims.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Infinitive Phrases

Infinitives are used to express an action as a concept, rather than what is being done or performed by the subject of a clause. In this way, they can function as nouns, adjectives, or adverbs. They can also form infinitive phrases when combined with what? More...
Article of the Day

Robot Jockeys

Camel racing has been a popular sport in the Arab world for thousands of years, however, this "Sport of Sheiks" has recently earned condemnation from human rights groups for its almost exclusive use of child jockeys, usually boys around the age of four, who are sold to race organizers or camel owners and starved to reduce their weight. In response, nations such as Qatar have banned the use of child jockeys and replaced them with robots developed by a Swiss robotics firm. How do they work? More...
This Day in History

9-Month-Old Mary Stuart Is Crowned "Queen of Scots" (1543)

When King James V of Scotland died in 1542, his two sons had already died in infancy and his only surviving child—a daughter—was just a week old. The infant Mary Queen of Scots was crowned nine months later in an elaborate coronation at Stirling Castle, where she would spend her early years. Laden with regal robes, the tiny sovereign cried throughout the entire ceremony. Soon thereafter, King Henry VIII of England attacked Scotland in an attempt to force what to happen to Mary? More...
Today's Birthday

Count Leo Tolstoy (1828)

Tolstoy was a Russian novelist and philosopher. Considered one of the world's greatest writers, he is perhaps most famous for his masterpieces, War and Peace, a vast prose epic of the Napoleonic invasion of 1812, and Anna Karenina, about the tragedy of a woman's faith in romantic love. Tolstoy was an anarchist and disapproved of all organizations based on the premise of force, including the government and the church. How many characters are there in War and Peace? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are two things that men should never weary of, goodness and humility; we get none too much of them in this rough world among cold, proud people.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

hard-luck story

A typically self-pitying tale of misfortune, hardship, adversity, etc., told especially to gain sympathy or charity from others. More...
Today's Holiday

U.S. Open (Tennis) (2020)

The U.S. Open is the final tournament in the four events that make up the Grand Slam of tennis. The games are played on hard courts at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. The U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association was established in 1881, and the first official U.S. National Championship was played under its auspices that year in Newport, Rhode Island. The first women's championship was played in 1887. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rustling

soughing - A soft rustling or murmuring sound—like the deep sigh of a sleeping baby. More...

frou-frou - From French for "a rustling." More...

murmur - Comes from the Latin word for "rustling," and can mean "complain, grumble about." More...

psithurism - The sound of wind in the trees and rustling of leaves. More...

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