Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

suppositious

Definition:(adjective) Based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence.
Synonyms:conjectural, divinatory, hypothetical, suppositional
Usage: Theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly suppositious and involve much educated guessing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Independent Clauses

An independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a clause that forms a complete, independent thought. What is a simple sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Herero and Namaqua Genocide

In the early 20th century, Germany claimed territory in what is now Namibia and colonized the land as German South-West Africa. From 1904 to 1907, the Germans quashed rebellions by the native Herero and Nama tribes by driving them into the desert. Approximately 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama—80 percent and 50 percent of their populations, respectively—died in what is perhaps the earliest attempt at genocide in the 20th century. When did Germany officially apologize for the massacre? More...
This Day in History

Louis XV of France Survives Assassination Attempt (1757)

Louis XV was king of France from 1715 to 1774. An orphan from age three, Louis succeeded to the throne upon the death of his great-grandfather Louis XIV, under the regency of the duke of Orléans. In 1757, the unpopular king was stabbed in the side by Robert Damiens. Convinced he was dying, Louis called for a confessor and begged his wife to forgive his infidelities. The small blade had, however, done little damage, and the king survived. How did Voltaire mock the king's allegedly shallow wound? More...
Today's Birthday

Alvin Ailey, Jr. (1931)

American choreographer and dancer Alvin Ailey, Jr., formed his own company, the American Dance Theater—now called the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater—in 1958. Multiracial since 1963, Ailey's dance company has been internationally acclaimed and has brought recognition to many African-American and Asian dancers. His works, influenced by jazz, Afro-Caribbean, and modern dance, explore a wide range of black experience, from gospel music to social inequality. What is his most popular work? More...
Quotation of the Day
I shall be like that tree,—I shall die at the top.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

throw an eye on (something)

To inspect something casually and quickly but with attention to detail. More...
Today's Holiday

Víspera de Día de los Tres Reyes (Eve of Three Kings Day) (2019)

Throughout most of Latin America and Spain, Epiphany is called el Día de los Tres Reyes (Three Kings Day). In Mexico, on the night of January 5, children stuff their shoes with hay and leave them out for the Wise Men to fill with sweets and gifts—much as children elsewhere leave their Christmas stockings out for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. And just as letters to Santa are a popular custom in the United States, Mexican children often write letters to the Magi (the Three Wise Men), listing their good deeds and suggesting what gifts they would like to receive. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: perverse

awkward - Comes from Old Norse awk, "perverse," and weard, "in the direction of," i.e. "turned back upon itself" or "turned backward." More...

crabby, crabbed - Crabby and crabbed derive from a crab's sideways movement and habit of snapping (thought to suggest a perverse or irritable nature). More...

peeve - A back-formation from peevish, "perverse, obstinate." More...

queer - Comes from the German root quer, "across, oblique, perverse." More...

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