Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 29, 2015)
Word of the Day

samizdat

Definition:(noun) A system of clandestine printing and distribution of dissident or banned literature.
Synonyms:underground press
Usage: The samizdat was successful in disseminating the banned literature until an informant turned in its chief operator.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two or more words, phrases, or independent clauses. There are seven coordinating conjunctions in English, which can be remembered using what acronym? More...
Article of the Day

Go

Go, a two player board game, originated in China before 2000 BCE, and its popularity has since spread worldwide. Players take turns placing game pieces, or stones, on the vacant intersections of a 19x19 grid. The objective is to control a larger territory than one's opponent, and this is accomplished by surrounding, capturing, and removing the opposing player's stones. The game ends when neither player can increase his territory or reduce his opponent's. How is a player's score calculated? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Germans Firebomb the City of London (1940)

By the end of the Blitz—Germany's eight-month nighttime bombing campaign in Britain—tens of thousands of people were dead and millions of homes lay in ruins. For about a two-month period, the country faced nightly attacks. One of the worst raids occurred on December 29, when much of London—including such historic landmarks as St. Paul's Cathedral and the Guildhall—was destroyed or damaged by bombs and the fires they started. How many children were evacuated to the countryside during the Blitz? More...
Today's Birthday

Carmen Sylva (1843)

In 1869, Elisabeth of Wied, the daughter of a German prince, married the future king of Romania, Carol I. An artistic and imaginative queen consort, she wrote prolifically—in four languages—under the pseudonym Carmen Sylva. She composed poetry, plays, novels, and essays, at times collaborating with her lady-in-waiting. Her 1882 collection of witty aphorisms won a French literary award. Despite knowing it was illegal, she is said to have encouraged her nephew—the heir to the throne—to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we'd been saying they were.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

living the dream

Leading an extremely ideal life, especially in relation to one's career. (Sometimes said ironically to mean the opposite.) More...
Today's Holiday

Fiesta of the Black St. Benito (2017)

This fiesta is celebrated by a number of locales in the state of Zulia, Venezuela, and is especially popular in Bobures. After early morning mass, the chimbángueles, or vassals of the saint, put St. Benito's statue on a litter and surround it with flowers. They then carry it through the streets while performing an unusual bouncing kind of dance, in which they continually move forward and backward to the accompaniment of seven drums. Throughout the long procession, St. Benito's image is sprinkled with perfumes and presented with drinks of homemade whiskey. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: healthy

healthy, healthful - Healthy is a positive descriptive of a person's (or personified thing's) physical state; healthful is used of something that favorably affects or promotes that state. More...

vegete - Describing something healthy and active, flourishing in respect to health and vigor. More...

orthorexia - An obsession with eating only "healthy" food. More...

insane, insanity - Latin sanus, "healthy," is part of insane and insanity. More...

In the News

Tim Peake Called Parents from Space...But Got Answerphone

British astronaut Tim Peake was forced to leave an answerphone message for his parents after calling them from the International Space Station because they had "popped out." Nigel and Angela Peake, who travelled to Khazakhstan, to see the launch last ... More...
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