Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 31, 2015)
Word of the Day

avidity

Definition:(noun) Keen interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms:eagerness, avidness, keenness
Usage: A devoted fan, he followed the tennis tournament with avidity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Evaluative Adverbs

Most adverbs describe how or when an action occurs. Evaluative adverbs are different. Instead of giving us information about the action itself, evaluative adverbs are used by the speaker to comment or give an opinion on something. What do evaluative adverbs modify in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Arlo Guthrie

Arlo Guthrie, American folk singer and son of Woody Guthrie, is perhaps best known for his talking blues song “Alice's Restaurant.” The song's original recording lasts 18 minutes and 20 seconds, though Arlo has been know to lengthen the song to 45 minutes in concert. Based on an actual incident, the song was a scathing indictment of the Vietnam War draft. Arlo also appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York. What movie launched his acting career? More...
This Day in History

The Gleiwitz Incident (1939)

In 1939, Nazi forces staged an attack on a German radio station. They shot a well-known Polish sympathizer and planted his body at the scene, reporting the attack as the work of Polish saboteurs. The attack was part of a Nazi propaganda campaign called Operation Himmler, which involved a series of staged incidents intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany and provide a basis for the invasion of Poland. What did the Nazis broadcast from the radio station? More...
Today's Birthday

Ramon Magsaysay (1907)

A Philippine guerrilla leader during World War II, Magsaysay helped combat the Japanese occupation and clear the way for US forces to liberate the island nation. He then entered politics and, as secretary of defense, spearheaded one of the most successful antiguerrilla campaigns in modern history by currying favor with the peasantry—thereby depriving the Hukbalahap rebels of popular support. By 1953, the Huks were no longer a threat, and Magsaysay was elected president. How did he die? More...
Quotation of the Day
How is it possible to expect that mankind will take advice when they will not so much as take warning.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

put (one's/someone's) back up

To be or become angry, hostile, defensive, defiant, or irritable, or to instill such a feeling in someone else. More...
Today's Holiday

Hari Merdeka (Merdeka Day) (2018)

Merdeka Day is a national holiday in Malaysia to commemorate its merdeka, or independence, from the British in 1957. Parts of Malaysia were under the rule of various foreign powers for centuries, but by the 1920s all the states eventually comprising Malaysia were ruled by Britain. The Federation of Malaya was founded in 1957 and Malaysia was formed in 1963. The streets of towns and cities are decorated on this day, and there are numerous parades, exhibitions, and stage shows. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sluggish

lusk - Means lazy or sluggish. More...

phlegmatic - First meant "abounding in phlegm" and now more commonly means "not easily excited; lacking enthusiasm; dull, sluggish"—supposedly the type of character one has from having an overabundance of phlegm. More...

sulk - A back-formation of sulky, from obsolete sulke, "sluggish." More...

drumble - To move in a slow, sluggish way. More...

In the News

Global Life Expectancy Climbs, but So Do Years of Illness

Average life expectancy among people worldwide has risen by more than six years since 1990, and healthy life expectancy has climbed by more than five years, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 188 countries found that life expectancy for both ... More...
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