Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

succinct

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse.
Synonyms:compendious, summary, compact
Usage: Some students enjoyed the teacher's succinct style, while others wished she would elaborate on certain topics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reported Speech (Indirect Speech)

When we tell other people what someone else told us, it is called indirect speech or reported speech. We use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. What are the most common reporting verbs? More...
Article of the Day

U Thant

Burmese diplomat U Thant served as UN Secretary-General for ten years. During his first term of service, he played a major role in defusing the Cuban Missile Crisis and ending the civil war in the Congo. He was elected to a second term in 1966, but had less success in dealing with the major crises of this later period, which included the Vietnam War and the Six Day War. On the day of U Thant's funeral, a group of students stole his coffin. What short-lived crisis did their actions spark? More...
This Day in History

Song Dynasty General Yue Fei Is Executed (1142)

One of China's greatest generals and patriotic heroes, Yue helped establish a southern foothold for the Song dynasty while preventing the advance of the Juchen, who had taken the former Song capital in the north. However, his attempt to recapture the lost territory was opposed by one of the emperor's counselors, who earned a reputation as a traitor for relinquishing the north to the Juchen and having Yue executed. According to legend, what phrase did Yue's mother tattoo across his back? More...
Today's Birthday

Soong Ch'ing-ling (1893)

Born to an influential Chinese family, Soong was educated in the US. She returned to China, became prominent in revolutionary politics, and married Sun Yat-sen, a revolutionary 26 years her senior now known as the father of modern China. She and her sisters—along with their husbands, including Chiang Kai-shek—became some of the most significant political figures in the Communist government, with Soong becoming vice chair after Sun's death. What magazine, still in publication, did she found? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is so pleasant to come across people more stupid than ourselves. We love them at once for being so.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

look on the sunny side (of life/things)

To view one's life, situation, or circumstances with a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude; to focus on what is positive in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Gasparilla Pirate Festival (2018)

A 164-foot reproduction pirate ship sails up Florida's Tampa Bay, and about 500 costumed pirates lower themselves over the side and "capture" the city of Tampa, raising the pirate flag over city hall. Thus begins the Gasparilla Pirate Festival, one of the nation's largest and best-attended celebrations. The mock invasion is followed by a three-hour victory parade featuring members of a men's club known as Ye Mystic Krewe. The festival is named for José Gaspar, an 18th-century Spanish pirate who terrorized the Florida coast from around 1783 until his death in 1821. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notch

crenelation, crenelle - A crenelation (from Latin crena, "notch") is a series of indentations or loopholes around the top of a castle, battlement, or wall—with each indentation being a crenelle (or crenel). More...

carf, kerf - A cut or notch in timber is a carf or kerf—which are also used to describe the width of such a cut. More...

dent - As in "notch," it comes from the French word for tooth; its original meaning was "blow, stroke" in general. More...

score - First a notch used to keep count, as on a stick. More...

In the News

Hubble Successor Maintains Course

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is reaching some key milestones in its preparation for launch in 2018. Engineers are about to complete the assembly of the primary mirror surface on the James Webb Space Telescope. They are also winding up ... More...
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