Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 11, 2021)
Word of the Day

inviolate

Definition:(adjective) Free from violation, injury, desecration, or outrage.
Synonyms:intact, whole, untouched, undisturbed, unsullied, unpolluted, unstained, undefiled
Usage: The old America had only one foreign policy, and that was to hold inviolate the Monroe doctrine.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Imperative Sentences

We use imperative sentences to give orders, commands, and general instructions. Such sentences are said to be in the Imperative Mood. What happens to the subject in an imperative sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Drawing Rooms

A drawing room is a formal reception room where visitors to a home may be entertained. Its name comes from the 17th-century term "withdrawing room," the place to which ladies would withdraw, leaving men to smoke and drink. Later, it was just a place to "withdraw" to for more privacy. Its equivalents include the American "parlor" and the French "salon." Because the drawing room was mainly used to entertain guests, it gave rise to drawing room plays. What is likely the genre's most famous example? More...
This Day in History

The Aleppo Earthquake (1138 CE)

The ancient city of Aleppo was besieged twice by Crusaders in the early 12th century, but little did residents know that worse was yet to come. Located on the boundary between the Arabian and African geologic plates in what is now northern Syria, the city was hit by a small earthquake on October 10, 1138, prompting some residents to flee. The next day, Aleppo was rocked by one of the deadliest earthquakes in recorded history. It destroyed the city and the nearby Crusader citadel. How many died? More...
Today's Birthday

François Mauriac (1885)

The strict Catholic upbringing of Nobel Prize-winning French writer François Mauriac had a profound impact on his literary output. His austere, psychological novels, for which he is best known, often grapple with the problems of sin, grace, and salvation, as exemplified in Vipers' Tangle, his masterpiece. He also wrote polemical works against totalitarianism and fascism in the 1930s, worked with the Resistance during World War II, and later wrote the foreword of what Holocaust memoir? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a motor mouth

A person who talks incessantly or irrepressibly. More...
Today's Holiday

Macedonian National Uprising Day (2021)

October 11 marks the anniversary of the beginning of the Macedonian people's uprising against fascism during World War II. This holiday is observed through formal ceremonies at which the prime minister and other dignitaries deliver addresses acknowledging the significance of this revolt to the spirit of Macedonian independence. In conjunction with this holiday, the Macedonian Parliament recognizes accomplishments in the areas of science, culture, art, and journalism through the "October 11" life achievement awards. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sip

delibation - A taste or sip. More...

sip - Probably a modification of sup. More...

tiff - Weak or diluted liquor; to tiff is to drink liquor slowly or sip it. More...

dibble - "To drink like a duck," lifting up the head after each sip. More...

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