Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

conflux

Definition:(noun) A flowing together.
Synonyms:merging, confluence
Usage: There was a conflux of emotions and thoughts in him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect

If we are highlighting that the action or event in the past perfect tense came before another action or event, this second verb is often (but not always) in the past simple tense. The past perfect can appear in a sentence either before or after a later action or event. Regardless of its position, what does the past perfect always refer to? More...
Article of the Day

Coconut Crabs

A hermit crab, the coconut crab is remarkable for its massive pincers as well as its sheer size—it is the world's largest known terrestrial arthropod. Unlike most hermit crabs, coconut crabs cannot swim. Instead of gills, they possess a special organ called a branchiostegal lung, which is suited to absorb oxygen from air rather than water but must be kept moist if it is to function. Why is this type of crab popularly associated with the coconut? More...
This Day in History

Batista Leads a Successful Coup in Cuba (1952)

Fulgencio Batista worked his way up through the Cuban army ranks before participating in a coup to oust the Céspedes government and install Ramón Grau as president in 1933. Just months later, however, Batista forced Grau's resignation and became Cuba's de facto ruler. After a period of exile beginning in 1944, Batista returned to Cuba and led a coup to seize power. His second term as president was marked by brutal repression, which sparked several uprisings, including one led by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander III of Russia (1845)

Alexander III was tsar of Russia from 1881 until his death in 1894. As ruler, he sought to counteract what he considered the excessive liberalism of his father's reign and pursued a reactionary policy that promoted Russification and the persecution of religious minorities. Still, economic policy during Alexander's rule enabled rapid industrial development and allowed Russia to begin building the Trans-Siberian Railroad. To which of Alexander's relatives was his wife, Dagmar, originally engaged? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it."

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

rid out

(chiefly Midwestern United States) To clean, empty, or clear out (something or some space). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Motorcycle Week (2017)

Bike Week is the largest motorcycle meet in the world, held for 10 days in Daytona Beach, Florida. The highlight of the week is the Daytona 200 race, which attracts competitors from all over the world. Other races include a three-hour U.S. Endurance Championship race and vintage motorcycle races on Classics Day. These events take place in the Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium and on the Daytona International Speedway. Another popular feature of the week is a parade of over 5,000 motorcycles, and concerts and trade shows are held throughout the week. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rob

bribe - From Old French, it was originally a piece of bread given to beggars; the original sense of bribe is "extort, rob." More...

clip joint - Based on clip, meaning "swindle, rob." More...

pilfer - Originally, pilfering was a serious matter, synonymous with plundering, but it came to mean "stealing small things"; its source was Anglo-Norman pelfrer, "plunder, rob." More...

plunder - Etymologically, it means "rob of household goods," from Dutch plunde/plunne, "household goods." More...

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