Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 23, 2016)
Word of the Day

distend

Definition:(verb) To cause to expand by or as if by internal pressure; dilate.
Synonyms:dilate
Usage: It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause (also known as an adjective clause) to the main clause in a sentence. What are restrictive relative clauses? More...
Article of the Day

Buzkashi

Buzkashi is a traditional Central Asian team sport in which players on horseback try to grab the carcass of a headless goat or calf and pitch it across a goal line or into a target circle or vat. Although it is known as a popular Afghani sport, Buzkashi began as a sport of the steppes, a vast, prairie-like ecoregion of Eurasia, and remains a popular game throughout the region. Games can last for several days, and competition is fierce. How is the animal carcass prepared before a game? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Clontarf (1014)

The Battle of Clontarf was a decisive battle fought between Irish forces under the high king of Ireland, Brian Boru, and a Viking army formed by Sitric, king of the Dublin Norse. Brian's forces defeated the Vikings at Clontarf, near Dublin, but he was killed shortly thereafter by fleeing Norsemen. Brian's victory broke Viking power in Ireland, but, without a king, the country split into small, separate kingdoms that then fought one another. What was Wolf the Quarrelsome's role in the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Shirley Temple (1928)

A precocious performer known for her dimples and golden curls, Temple was a child actress who became America's most popular female star and Hollywood's top box office attraction in the Great Depression era. In 1934, she made nine movies, leaping to stardom with Little Miss Marker and winning a special Academy Award that year. She effectively retired from moviemaking in 1950. As an adult, Temple served as a US delegate to the UN General Assembly and as US ambassador to what countries? More...
Quotation of the Day
Love is invisible, and comes in and goes out as he likes, without anyone calling him to account for what he does.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

come to a parting of the ways

To separate. To leave someone or something behind, often at a dramatic moment. More...
Today's Holiday

Conch Republic Independence Celebration (2019)

In 1982 the United States Border Patrol set up a roadblock on U.S. Highway 1, just north of the Florida Keys, which threatened the region's tourist industry and angered residents. On April 23, 1982, the residents of the Florida Keys seceded from the United States as the Conch Republic; though it didn't last, the stunt succeeded in lifting the roadblocks. Each year, residents celebrate the short-lived independence of the Conch Republic. The festival features conch-blowing contests, a reenactment of the secession, mock naval battles, numerous public parties, and more. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notice

advertisement - From advertir, Old French for "to notice," and ultimately from Latin advertere, "to turn toward." More...

emit, emission, emissary - Emit, emission, and emissary come from Latin emittere, "send out," and emit once meant "publish a book or notice." More...

notable, noticeable - Notable means "worthy of notice" and noticeable means "readily observed." More...

remark - From an intensified French word marquer, "observe, notice," i.e. "making a verbal observation." More...

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