Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 17, 2022)
Word of the Day

ascetic

Definition:(noun) A person who renounces material comforts and leads a life of austere self-discipline, especially as an act of religious devotion.
Synonyms:abstainer
Usage: His rough clothes and starved frame gave him the look of an ascetic, and he refused the food they tried to give him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Passive Perfect Participle Phrases

If we want to describe a noun that was passively acted upon in an event that happened before another one, we can use what is known as the "passive perfect participle" (sometimes called the "perfect passive participle"). How is this structured? More...
Article of the Day

Bollywood

Like Hollywood in the US, Bollywood is the movie industry in India. It began in Bombay—now Mumbai—in the 1930s and developed into a film empire that puts out as many as 1,000 feature films annually. Bollywood movies typically include formulaic story lines, expertly choreographed fight scenes, spectacular song-and-dance routines, emotion-charged melodrama, and larger-than-life heroes. More artistic fare can be found in India's alternative films, called Parallel Cinema. What is Tollywood? More...
This Day in History

The Kingdom of Italy Is Proclaimed (1861)

Modern Italy became unified under the house of Savoy on March 17, 1861, largely through the efforts of Cavour, Garibaldi, and Victor Emmanuel II, who became king of Italy that same year. However, the protectorate of Napoleon III over the Papal States delayed the Italian annexation of Rome until 1870, and relations between the Italian government and the papacy, which refused to concede the loss of its temporal power, remained a major problem until 1929, when the Lateran Treaty did what? More...
Today's Birthday

Mia Hamm (1972)

One of the best female soccer players of her generation, Hamm is often credited with popularizing women's soccer in the US. A tireless forward, Hamm won four NCAA titles and, at 15, became the youngest person to play for the US national team, which won two Women's World Cups and two Olympic gold medals while she was a member. When she retired in 2004, she held the international record for scoring—for both women and men—until it was broken in 2013. "Mia" is a nickname. What is her real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
There's no jealousy in the grave.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

romp home

To deftly or easily win a race, contest, or competition. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia) (2022)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the US, held since 1824 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession was recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today, the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: oak

rambunctious - Once rumbustious and robusteous, it is probably based on Latin robus, "oak"—implying strength—and can describe a person or animal. More...

robust - Comes from Latin meaning "oak" and "oaken." More...

tan - From a Latin word for "oak," it first referred to the crushed bark of the oak or other trees, especially in its use to convert hides into leather. More...

tree - Part of a large Indo-European group based on deru/doru-, "oak." More...

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