Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

travail

Definition:(noun) Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort.
Synonyms:effort, exertion, labor, toil
Usage: She deserved to take a vacation after her long travail.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Uncountable Nouns

Nouns that cannot be divided or counted as individual elements or separate parts are called uncountable nouns (also known as mass nouns or non-count nouns). Why is it incorrect to use third-person plural pronouns with uncountable nouns? More...
Article of the Day

The United States Secret Service

The Secret Service was originally established in 1865 under the Department of the Treasury, with the primary task of preventing the counterfeiting of US currency. It assumed the role of protecting the president after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Today, in addition to its original duties, the Secret Service is responsible for guarding high-ranking government officials, their families, and foreign dignitaries. In 2003, the Secret Service became part of what new federal department? More...
This Day in History

Second "Palmer Raid" Takes Place (1920)

During the "Red Scare" that followed World War I, US Attorney General Alexander Mitchell Palmer attempted to deport political radicals, dissidents, and aliens in the notorious "Palmer Raids." The first raid took place in late 1919. The second series of raids began in January 1920. In total, some 3,000 allegedly subversive aliens were rounded up for deportation. A few hundred were deported, but the vast majority were released. The raids were preceded by bombings targeting what officials? More...
Today's Birthday

Ernst Barlach (1870)

Barlach was an outstanding German expressionist sculptor, graphic artist, and writer. Through the power of his simple, angular, and compact forms, he communicated intense emotion and compassion. From clay modeling he turned to wood carving and woodcutting, which imbued his work with a rough-hewn quality. He achieved fame in the 1920s and 30s with the execution of several war memorials for the Weimar Republic. Why were many of Barlach's works destroyed or confiscated as "degenerate art"? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the mark of a good action that it appears inevitable in the retrospect.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Idiom of the Day

a rough patch

A period of trouble, difficulty, or hardship. More...
Today's Holiday

Haiti Ancestors' Day (2020)

In Haiti, the Independence Day festivities that occur on the first day of the year continue into the second with Jour des Aieux (Ancestors' Day), an occasion for remembering the founders of Haiti and those who sacrificed their lives during the revolution of the early 19th century. A large meal often accompanies the day's festivities, and military processions may also take place on Ancestors' Day. In years past, particularly during the reign of President François Duvalier (1971-1986), the executive leader used this day to deliver radio and television speeches to the nation. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: listen

ear to the ground - It was early Native Americans who taught us to, literally, keep an ear to the ground to listen for horses' hooves as riders approached. More...

scout - From the Latin ausculture, "to listen," it became Old French escoute, "a spy." More...

hearken - To pay attention or listen; it can also mean "to return to a previous topic." More...

listen, hear - To listen is to try to hear; to hear is simply to perceive with the ear. More...

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