Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

rampart

Definition:(noun) A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
Synonyms:bulwark, wall
Usage: They stormed the ramparts of the city with ladders and catapults.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Primary Auxiliary Verbs

The "primary" auxiliary verbs are "be," "have," and "do"—they occur most commonly in English. What is the emphatic "do"? More...
Article of the Day

Hussars

Hussars originated in 15th-century Hungary as a light-horse corps, but the term now applies to members of various light cavalry regiments in European armies, renowned for their elegant dress. The brilliantly colored Hungarian hussar's uniform consisted of a high cylindrical cap, a jacket with heavy braiding, and a loose coat worn hanging from the left shoulder. Several hussar regiments of the British army survive today as armored units. What were the original meanings of the word "hussar"? More...
This Day in History

Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme Is Assassinated (1986)

Palme served as prime minister of Sweden from 1969 to 1976 and from 1982 to 1986. In 1971, he led Sweden's rejection of a bid for membership in the European Community. A pacifist, he criticized US policy in the Vietnam War, creating a diplomatic rift that ended in 1974. Palme also opposed the nuclear arms race and South African apartheid. He was assassinated in 1986, and his murder remains unsolved. What did US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reportedly say about his relationship with Palme? More...
Today's Birthday

Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel (1915)

Mostel was an American comic actor who combined a large paunch with acrobatic grace and an expressive face. He initially worked both on Broadway and in film but was blacklisted in Hollywood for his political views and worked primarily in New York City theater after 1955. He had lead roles in the musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Fiddler on the Roof. In 1968, he starred in the Oscar-winning Mel Brooks film The Producers. What was Mostel's real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a lick with the rough side of the tongue

Severe criticism and/or a stern reprimand. More...
Today's Holiday

Paczki Day (Thusty Czwartek) (2019)

Paczki Day is a day in early to mid-February in Poland and the United States on which a rich, jelly- or crème-filled doughnut is traditionally eaten in anticipation of the 40 days of fasting required during the religious season of Lent. In Poland, the observance of Paczki Day is known as Thusty Czwartek, or Fat Thursday; in the United States, Polish-Americans celebrate Paczki Day on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of Lent. Paczki are made of dense, rich dough that is deep-fried and may be filled with fruit-flavored jam or crème. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: minerals

douse, dowse - Douse first meant "knock, punch, strike" and now means "to extinguish or wet thoroughly"; dowse means to look for water or minerals with a divining rod. More...

hard water - That which contains large amounts of minerals. More...

mica - Any of a group of minerals that occur in small glittering plates or scales in other rocks. More...

micronutrient - One of the vitamins and minerals needed only in small amounts for normal body function. More...

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