Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 8, 2018)
Word of the Day

scavenger

Definition:(noun) Someone who collects things that have been discarded by others.
Synonyms:pack rat, magpie
Usage: A devoted scavenger, Harold refused to buy a new sofa, opting instead to search for one that had been abandoned by its previous owner at the curb.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Attributive vs. Predicative Adjectives

While most adjectives can occur either as attributive adjectives or predicative adjectives, there are certain adjectives that can only occur predicatively. What are some examples? More...
Article of the Day

Magdalene Asylums

Named after Mary Magdalene, who, according to Christian tradition, repented her sins and became one of Jesus' closest followers, Magdalene asylums were institutions largely run by various orders of the Catholic Church to rehabilitate so-called fallen women—prostitutes, unwed mothers, even girls considered too promiscuous or flirtatious—through hard labor and penance. Many were admitted against their will, and some allege that they were subject to abuse. When was the last of these asylums closed? More...
This Day in History

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty Is Signed (1987)

Signed by US President Ronald Reagan and USSR General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty represented a historic shift in superpower relations. The first treaty to mandate a reduction in stockpiled weapons rather than just a limit on them, it required the destruction of 1,752 Soviet and 859 US missiles. Though the agreement has been upheld by some Soviet successor states, Russian President Vladimir Putin said what about the treaty in 2007? More...
Today's Birthday

Diego Rivera (1886)

Rivera was a Mexican mural painter. In Europe, he was influenced by the paintings of El Greco and Goya and closely associated with Cézanne and Picasso. Convinced that his art belonged to the populace and should be displayed in public spaces, he returned to Mexico in 1921 and painted, with the assistance of younger artists, large murals dealing with the life, history, and social problems of Mexico. He later completed several murals in the US. Rivera was twice married to what famous artist? More...
Quotation of the Day
Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution--such call I good books.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

in layman's terms

In words that can be understood by people outside of a given profession or field of expertise, i.e., without the use of jargon or highly technical terms. More...
Today's Holiday

Uzbekistan Constitution Day (2020)

On December 8, 1992, the new constitution of Uzbekistan was signed, creating a democratic system of government for the newly-independent country. Uzbekistan was created in 1924 by the communist government of the Soviet Union, becoming an independent nation in 1991. On Constitution Day, the country's president usually broadcasts a message of greeting to the Uzbekistan people in which he reiterates the democratic ideals of the constitution and outlines what steps the government has taken to ensure those ideals are carried out. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: notice

advertisement - From advertir, Old French for "to notice," and ultimately from Latin advertere, "to turn toward." More...

emit, emission, emissary - Emit, emission, and emissary come from Latin emittere, "send out," and emit once meant "publish a book or notice." More...

notable, noticeable - Notable means "worthy of notice" and noticeable means "readily observed." More...

remark - From an intensified French word marquer, "observe, notice," i.e. "making a verbal observation." More...

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