Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 21, 2022)
Word of the Day

nascent

Definition:(adjective) Coming into existence; emerging.
Synonyms:beginning
Usage: The nascent republic had to formulate its laws while continuing its war for independence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Spelling Conjugated Verbs

As we've seen already, some verbs take "-s" or "-es" to conjugate for third-person singular subjects. How do we know which ending to add? More...
Article of the Day

Giraffes

The tallest of animals, giraffes can be found browsing the tree canopy of tropical Africa's wooded grasslands. A male giraffe can be 18 feet (5.5 m) from hoof to crown with a neck up to 7 feet (2.1 m) long. However, a giraffe's body is relatively short, marked with large, angular, sandy to chestnut spots closely spaced on a lighter background. Giraffes travel in small herds led by a male and can outrun most enemies, some of which they can kill with a single kick. How tall is a newborn giraffe? More...
This Day in History

Bengali Language Movement: Police Shoot Student Protesters (1952)

The day that police opened fire on a group of students protesting the exclusion of Bengali as an official language of Pakistan marked a turning point in the Bengali Language Movement. At the time, Pakistan was made up of two provinces, East and West Pakistan. Though East Pakistan was the more populous province, the government favored West Pakistani interests, as evidenced by its attempt to make Urdu the only official language of the dominion. When was Bengali added as an official language? More...
Today's Birthday

Nina Simone (1933)

After winning acclaim in 1959 with her recording of George Gershwin's "I Loves You, Porgy," American singer-songwriter and pianist Nina Simone toured the US and Europe. She soon put her talents and newfound fame to work for the civil rights movement, writing and performing protest songs such as "Mississippi Goddam" and "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." Dissatisfied with the treatment of African Americans in the US, the "High Priestess of Soul" expatriated herself in the 1970s. Where did she go? More...
Quotation of the Day
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

be put out of business

To be caused or forced to cease carrying on commercial trading or transactions. More...
Today's Holiday

Vanuatu Father Walter Lini Day (2022)

A former Anglican priest, Father Walter Lini became the first prime minister of the newly independent country of Vanuatu in 1980. Despite those who remember him for his authoritarian ways, Lini is honored on February 21 as the father of Vanuatu's independence. To mark the 25th anniversary of the country's independence, the 2005 celebration of Lini Day included a special remembrance service at the Tagabe Anglican Church with President Kalkot Matas Kelekele attending. Prime minister Ham Lini, Walter Lini's brother, presided over a ceremony in which a wreath was placed on the late priest's grave. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plum

drupe - A fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone (e.g. almonds, cherries, plums, olives), it comes from Latin drupa, "overripe olive," from Greek druppa, "olive." More...

plum, prune - Plum and prune are ultimately the same word, coming from Greek proumnon. More...

plum job - Relates to the 1600s British term "plum" for 1,000 pounds, meaning a serious amount of money. More...

plum pudding - So named because it was originally made with plums—the word was retained to denote "raisin," which became the main ingredient. More...

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