Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 14, 2017)
Word of the Day

disfavor

Definition:(verb) Put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm.
Synonyms:disadvantage
Usage: These laws clearly disfavor the underprivileged and poor because they do not address the problem of child labor.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Ask for Permission

The modal verb "may" is very commonly used to express or ask for permission to do something. While "may" is considered the most polite and formally correct option when asking for permission, what other modal verbs can be used? More...
Article of the Day

Theda Bara

Theda Bara was the stage name of Theodosia Burr Goodman, an American silent film actress who was one of the most popular screen actresses of her era and one of cinema's earliest sex symbols. Known for femme fatale roles, Bara appeared in more than 40 feature films between 1914 and 1926. However, she is perhaps most famous for having a higher percentage of lost films than any other actor with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How many of her films still have complete prints in existence? More...
This Day in History

Falklands War: Argentine Forces Surrender to the British (1982)

Both Argentina and Britain had long claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean when, despite ongoing negotiations, Argentina invaded the islands with 10,000 troops in April 1982. About 250 British soldiers and about 700 Argentines died before Argentina surrendered, ending the undeclared, 74-day war. The defeat discredited Argentina's military government and helped lead to the restoration of civilian rule in 1983. Who claims sovereignty over the islands today? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928)

Guevara was a Latin American revolutionary who developed guerrilla warfare as a tool for revolution. Born in Argentina, Guevara traveled widely as a medical student and became convinced that only violent revolt would end the poverty he witnessed. He joined the Cuban Revolution and became one of Fidel Castro's most trusted aides before leaving to foster revolutions elsewhere. He was killed in 1967 while directing a guerrilla movement in Bolivia. What is the meaning of Guevara's nickname, "Che"? More...
Quotation of the Day
You have such strong words at command, that they make the smallest argument seem formidable.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

meet (someone's) expectations

To be as good as or have the qualities that someone predicted, expected, or hoped for. More...
Today's Holiday

Flag Day (United States) (2018)

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, but it didn't become official until 1949. This occurred as a result of a campaign by Bernard J. Cigrand and the American Flag Day Association. It is observed across the country by displaying the American flag on homes and public buildings. Other popular ways of observing this day include flag-raising ceremonies, the singing of the national anthem, and the study of flag etiquette and the flag's origin and meaning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: strawberries

strawberry friend - A freeloader, one who visits only when the strawberries are ready for picking. More...

small fruits - Currants, raspberries, strawberries, etc. More...

soft fruit - Fruit that grows on bushes, such as berries, strawberries and currants, as contrasted with top fruit. More...

strawberry - Got its name because the plant "strews" its runners along the ground; its seeds are actually individual fruits and it is termed an aggregate fruit. More...

In the News

Study Links College Students' Grades to Sleep Schedules

Staying up late to cram for an early exam may not be doing college students any good, according to a new study focused on college students and their sleep patterns. The study, published Monday in the journal Scientific Reports, says college students ... More...
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