Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, November 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

crosspatch

Definition:(noun) A peevish, irascible person; a grouch.
Synonyms:crank, grouch, grump, churl
Usage: He was known to all as a crosspatch, but all that changed with the birth of his first grandchild.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gender in Nouns

There are some instances in which nouns are declined to show masculine or feminine gender. How is a noun made feminine? More...
Article of the Day

The Rocket-Propelled Grenade

The term rocket-propelled grenade is actually a misnomer stemming from the Russian acronym for a handheld anti-tank grenade-launcher. The RPG, developed by the Soviets during WWII, is a low-cost, low-tech, direct fire, portable weapon used primarily against unarmored or medium-armored vehicles and personnel. Though it is largely ineffective against heavily armored vehicles and has a low level of accuracy, the RPG has become a favored weapon in what modern conflicts? More...
This Day in History

The Luxor Massacre (1997)

Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists. What did the terrorists hope to achieve with the attack? More...
Today's Birthday

Isamu Noguchi (1904)

Noguchi was a prominent American sculptor. After briefly studying medicine, he won two Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to study in Paris under renowned modern artist Constantin Brancusi. In his work in stone, wood, and metal, Noguchi integrated European modernism with Japanese traditionalism, harmonizing rough and smooth, geometric and organic. Among his diverse artistic creations are playgrounds, sculpture gardens, ballet sets, and furniture. With which inventor did he collaborate? More...
Quotation of the Day
Morals are an acquirement, like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis, no man is born with them.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

storming mad

Exceptionally or uncontrollably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day (2018)

On November 17, 1939, student-led demonstrations against the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia led to the death of several students; on November 17, 1989, Czech students gathered again, this time to demonstrate against the communist regime. This marked the beginning of the so-called Velvet Revolution to reestablish a democratic government. The day is now a national holiday in the Czech Republic. People gather and light candles near a "V for Victory" memorial plaque on National Avenue in Prague, ribbons in the national colors are often worn, and the flag is flown in all public places. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: imply

imply, infer - A speaker or writer implies, a hearer or reader infers; implications are incorporated in statements, while inferences are deduced from statements. Imply means "suggest indirectly that something is true," while infer means "conclude or deduce something is true"; furthermore, to imply is to suggest or throw out a suggestion, while to infer is to include or take in a suggestion. More...

intent, intention - Intent implies a sustained unbroken commitment or purpose, while intention implies an intermittent resolution or an initial aim or plan. More...

In the News

Google Driverless Car Is Stopped by California Police for Going Too Slowly

Police in the Northern California city of Mountain View saw something unusual on the road on Thursday: A car was moving too slowly, causing a traffic backlog. So they pulled over the vehicle and peered inside. It was a self-driving car. Google's ... More...
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