Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, March 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

figurine

Definition:(noun) A small molded or sculptured figure; a statuette.
Synonyms:statuette
Usage: She had all the delicate grace of that Tanagra figurine that you have in your studio, Basil.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Sea Peoples

Sea Peoples, seafaring raiders who ravaged and settled the Mediterranean coasts between the 12th and 13th centuries BCE, are mentioned in a number of records from ancient civilizations. Scholars believe that the warriors were actually members of a confederacy of several ethnic groups, and a number of hypotheses exist regarding the identities and motives of the Sea Peoples. Which empire's decline is believed to have resulted from the activities of the Sea Peoples? More...
This Day in History

Dutch East India Company Established (1602)

Chartered by the parliament of the Netherlands to expand trade and assure close ties between the government and its colonial enterprises in Asia, the Dutch East India Company was the world's first multinational corporation. It had quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, and wrested control of the Spice Islands trade from Portugal. However, it was plagued by corruption and insolvency in the late 18th century and was dissolved. What issues contributed to its decline? More...
Today's Birthday

Henrik Ibsen (1828)

Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright, is considered the father of modern theater. Emphasizing character over plot, he explored psychological conflicts stemming from frustrated love and destructive family relationships, and he addressed social problems such as political corruption and the changing role of women. Many considered his plays scandalous, but he earned a worldwide audience with powerful studies of middle-class morality, such as A Doll's House. What, allegedly, were Ibsen's last words? More...
Quotation of the Day
What is a novel if not a conviction of our fellow-men's existence strong enough to take upon itself a form of imagined life clearer than reality and whose accumulated verisimilitude of selected episodes puts to shame the pride of documentary history.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

blow up (one's) phone

To call someone repeatedly and/or send someone a lot of text messages. More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2019)

Independence Day is a public holiday commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vanilla

hard sauce - Contains butter and sugar, with brandy, rum, or vanilla. More...

oak - In the flavor of wines, it comes from oak cases and is similar to coconut or vanilla. More...

vanilla - Can mean "having no special features." More...

white chocolate - A blend of cocoa butter, milk solids and sugar and vanilla, it used in candy bars and baking and coatings; it is not technically chocolate because it contains no chocolate liqueur. More...

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