Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 30, 2018)
Word of the Day

interlink

Definition:(verb) To link together or join (one) with another.
Synonyms:complect, interconnect
Usage: The policies, though distinct, are interlinked.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Must"

The modal verb "must" is most often used to express necessity—i.e., that something has to happen or be the case. When "must" indicates that an action, circumstance, or situation is necessary, we usually use it in what kind of sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Peacock Throne

Created in the 17th century for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan—who also commissioned the Taj Mahal—the original Peacock Throne was decorated with representations of two peacocks with their tails fanned out and was said to be inlaid with rubies, emeralds, sapphires, pearls, and diamonds. It was carried off to Persia in 1739 by Nader Shah after his invasion of the Mughal Empire but was likely destroyed after his assassination in 1747. According to some sources, how much was the throne worth? More...
This Day in History

Brightest Supernova in Recorded History Appears in Night Sky (1006)

One thousand seven years ago, observers in China, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, and Switzerland recorded a new object in the sky. It was hard to miss. Scientists now believe SN 1006 was the brightest supernova in recorded human history. It was described by ancient astronomers as being low on the horizon but shining about half or a quarter as bright as the Moon. It could sometimes be seen during daylight hours and may have been bright enough to read by at night. How far was it from Earth? More...
Today's Birthday

Mary II of England (1662)

Despite the conversion of her father, King James II, to Roman Catholicism, Mary was raised Protestant, a fact that would become important in her later life. In 1688, English nobles opposed to James's pro-Catholic policies overthrew him and selected Mary and her husband, William of Orange, to rule in his place. Mary enjoyed great popularity as co-ruler of England, but her personal life was full of hardship. What were some of the major sources of unhappiness in her life? More...
Quotation of the Day
Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

a game of musical chairs

A situation in which people or things are moved, shuffled, or rearranged from one position to another. More...
Today's Holiday

Minehead Hobby Horse Parade (2018)

In England and Wales, hobby horses have been a part of celebrations welcoming spring as far back as anyone can remember. In the waterfront town of Minehead, Somerset, the "sailors' horse" has a boat-shaped frame 7-10 feet long, which is carried on the shoulders of a man whose body is concealed by a canvas curtain that hangs to the ground. His head is covered by a painted tin mask and a tall dunce cap, and hundreds of rainbow-colored ribbons stream from the top of the horse. The horse sets out on May Day Eve, ending up at Whitecross (a crossroads to the west of town) on May Day morning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rent

rentier - A person who makes income from rent. More...

disposable income, discretionary income - Disposable income is money you have left after paying taxes; discretionary income is money left over after paying for rent, food, utilities, and life's other necessities. More...

farm - Comes from medieval Latin firma, "fixed annual payment or rent." More...

ablocate - To rent or rent out. More...

In the News

These mysterious Arctic ice holes have NASA scientists puzzled

It's never super comforting when you hear some of the world's top scientists say things like, "I have never seen anything like that before." But luckily, this puzzling picture of holes in a sheet of Arctic ice appears to be more of an interesting ... More...
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