Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 6, 2020)
Word of the Day

imperium

Definition:(noun) The domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised.
Synonyms:empire
Usage: Our fainéant new leader has been neglecting his administrative duties, and already the imperium is growing weak and beginning to fray at the borders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs that Take Gerunds

Stative verbs, also known as verbs of feeling, are very likely to take gerunds as their objects. "Love" is a common stative verb that takes gerunds. What is the gerund in the following sentence? "I love going to the movies." More...
Article of the Day

Circular Breathing

Circular breathing is a technique for sustaining a tone on a wind instrument without interruption. When a musician's lungs are nearly out of air, he or she uses the cheeks to force air out of the mouth while quickly breathing in through the nose, and then resumes exhaling from the lungs. For some instruments, such as the Australian didgeridoo or the Cambodian sralai, circular breathing is an integral part of the playing technique. How long is the world record for holding a single note? More...
This Day in History

Voters Reject Proposal to Establish Australia as a Republic (1999)

The British began settling Australia in 1788, and before long, the entire continent was a British dependency. Over the years, Britain's role in Australian government has been progressively restricted, yet Australians remain reluctant to entirely cut ties, as evidenced by the 1999 referendum in which voters rejected a plan to establish Australia as a republic and replace the British monarch as head of state with a president elected by parliament. What other measure did they strike down? More...
Today's Birthday

James Naismith (1861)

While teaching physical education in 1891, Naismith was tasked with creating a safe and inexpensive indoor sport to occupy his students during the Massachusetts winter. His game involved throwing a soccer ball through suspended half-bushel peach baskets, hence the name "basketball"—though "Naismith Ball" was briefly considered before the inventor rejected it. The game took off on campus and quickly spread across the US and around the globe. What other sports invention is credited to Naismith? More...
Quotation of the Day
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

(there's) no comparison

This person or thing is clearly and inarguably better than any other. More...
Today's Holiday

Gustavus Adolphus Day (2021)

Gustavus Adolphus (1594-1632) was the king of Sweden who laid the foundations of the modern Swedish state and turned the country into a major European power. He was killed during the Thirty Years' War while leading a cavalry charge at the Battle of Lützen on November 6, 1632. The anniversary of his death is observed throughout Sweden with patriotic demonstrations—particularly in Skansen, Stockholm's outdoor museum. Enormous bonfires are built on Reindeer Mountain and processions of students carry lighted torches through the museum grounds. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: proportion

ad valorem - A type of customs duties, from Latin, meaning "in proportion to the value." More...

analogy - Comes from Greek analogia, "a proportion," such as 2/10 = 10/X, a way of calculating unknown quantities. More...

bonsai - Comes from Japanese words meaning "tray planting" and involves growing and pruning so that all parts of the plant—flowers, leaves, and stems—are in proportion. More...

reason - From Latin ratio, "thinking," and associated with the ideas of right order, proportion, or harmony. More...

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