Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, October 8, 2017)
Word of the Day

unpronounceable

Definition:(adjective) Difficult or impossible to pronounce correctly.
Synonyms:unutterable
Usage: The foreign dignitary had an unpronounceable last name.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Parts of Speech

The parts of speech are the primary categories of words according to their function in a sentence. English has seven main parts of speech. Can you name all seven? More...
Article of the Day

Shock and Awe Doctrine

The shock and awe doctrine is a military strategy based on the use of overwhelming force, dominant maneuvers, and staggering displays of power to control an adversary's perception of the battlefield and quickly destroy its will to fight. Though the doctrine recognizes the need to minimize civilian casualties, it relies on the disruption of water supplies, food production, and other aspects of infrastructure. What historic military campaigns can be said to have operated under similar principles? More...
This Day in History

Spiegel Scandal Erupts in West Germany (1962)

The Spiegel scandal was a major political controversy in West Germany during the Cold War. It began when the publication Der Spiegel—preeminent in Germany and widely circulated in Europe—printed a story stating that West Germany's defense against a communist invasion was inadequate. The magazine was accused of treason, its editors were arrested, its offices were seized, and its documents were confiscated. Why is the scandal remembered as a turning point in Germany's political culture? More...
Today's Birthday

Juan Perón (1895)

Perón was President of Argentina from 1946 to 1955 and from 1973 to 1974. His populist appeal to the poor was enhanced by the charisma and work of his second wife, Evita. After her death in 1952, his popularity waned, and amidst increasing economic difficulties and labor unrest, he was deposed in a military coup in 1955. Perón fled to Paraguay and Spain but returned from exile to the presidency in 1973, only to die in office the following year. What was stolen from his tomb in 1987? More...
Quotation of the Day
History develops, art stands still.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

color outside the lines

To think or act in a way that does not conform to set rules. Likened to the way a child might color outside the lines of a coloring book. More...
Today's Holiday

Croatia Independence Day (2022)

This holiday is celebrated in Croatia to mark the day in 1991 that the Croatian Parliament voted to cut constitutional ties with Yugoslavia. The Croatians had declared their independence three months earlier, on June 25 (Croatia Statehood Day), but a three-month moratorium was placed on implementation of the decision to give European negotiators a chance to broker an agreement. Those talks failed, and Croatia proceeded with its plan for independence. Offices, businesses, and schools in Croatia are closed on Independence Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: months

fetus - A human embryo starts to be called a fetus at nine weeks. More...

Catholic twins - Siblings born within 12 months of each other. More...

half-birthday - One's half-birthday is the day exactly six months before or after one's real birth date. More...

semester - First meant six months, as it comes from Latin semestris, "of six months." More...

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