Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 24, 2015)
Word of the Day

ignominy

Definition:(noun) Great personal dishonor or humiliation.
Synonyms:disgrace, shame
Usage: The celebrated actor suffered the ignominy of being sent to prison.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Conjugate "Be"

The verb "be" is unique among verbs for having a huge variety of conjugations. Not only does it have irregular inflections for the past simple tense and past participle, but it also has specific forms depending on what two things? More...
Article of the Day

The Mediterranean Sea

At 965,000 sq mi (2,499,350 sq km), the Mediterranean Sea is the world's largest inland sea. It is surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa, and is linked to the Atlantic Ocean via the Strait of Gibraltar. Known as the “cradle of civilization,” it was a superhighway of transport in ancient times, allowing for trade and cultural exchange between communities in the area. The regions surrounding the sea have typically warm, dry, sunny climates. How many states have a coastline on the Mediterranean? More...
This Day in History

Honda Motor Company Founded (1948)

In 1946, Japanese mechanic, race car driver, and self-taught engineer Soichiro Honda founded a company that made small, efficient engines. It was incorporated as Honda Motor Co. two years later and originally produced only motorcycles. Its clean-burning CVCC engine created an automotive revolution, and its cars won a large share of the US market after they went on sale in 1963. Today, Honda is one of the world's leading automakers. What else besides cars and motorcycles does Honda manufacture? More...
Today's Birthday

Grigori Alexandrovich Potemkin (1739)

Potemkin was a Russian army officer who helped bring Catherine II to power in 1762. After fighting in the Russo-Turkish War, he became Catherine's lover and perhaps the most powerful man in Russia. He played an important role in the annexing of the Crimea, but he underestimated the cost of colonizing it and left many projects incomplete. His success in disguising his shortcomings led to the claim that when he gave Catherine a tour of the region, he showed her "Potemkin villages," which are what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Here is a golden Rule...Write legibly. The average temper of the human race would be perceptibly sweetened, if everybody obeyed this Rule!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

cool reception

An unenthusiastic, disdainful, or unfriendly welcome. More...
Today's Holiday

Tzom Gedaliahu (Fast of Gedaliah) (2018)

Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, destroyed Jerusalem and the First Temple and carried away most of the Jews into slavery in 586 BCE. He left behind a few farmers and families under the supervision of a Jewish governor named Gedaliah ben Ahikam to administer affairs in the devastated land. A few traitors, who accused Gedaliah of collaborating with the enemy, murdered him and the small garrison of soldiers Nebuchadnezzar had stationed there. Many of the farmers fled to Egypt; the rest were either killed or taken to Babylon, bringing about Judah's final collapse. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laugh

deride - From Latin de-, "completely," and ridere, "laugh at." More...

keak - To cackle, laugh at. More...

fleer - To laugh in a disrespectful or jeering way. More...

flizzen - To laugh with the whole face. More...

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