Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020)
Word of the Day

peachy

Definition:(adjective) (Informal) Splendid; fine.
Synonyms:bully, corking, cracking, dandy, nifty, smashing, swell, groovy, keen, great
Usage: Martha and I are in the middle of an extended vacation in Hawaii, so everything is just peachy as far as we are concerned.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Complements

Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. Complements act like modifiers to add additional meaning to the word or words they are attached to. Are complements always part of the subject or the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

Umm Kulthum

Known as the "Star of the East," Kulthum was one of the Arab world's most famous singers in the 20th century. For decades, her live concerts were broadcast from Cairo on the first Thursday of each month, and while she sang, the Arab world was said to stand still. Her concerts could last several hours and were described as enchanting, highly emotional, and fueled by interaction with the audience. Her funeral was one of the largest gatherings in Egyptian history. How many people were there? More...
This Day in History

Lon Nol Ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia (1970)

Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk's Cambodian government in 1955 and later served as premier under him. In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk and assumed control of the government. His unsuccessful attempts at suppressing the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas plunged the country into civil war, and he fled the country in 1975 with the Communist takeover imminent. What prompted Nol to resort to the use of "magic sand" as a military defense? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederik Willem de Klerk (1936)

The last state president of South Africa, de Klerk served from 1989 to 1994. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa's racial segregation policy, and beginning the process of drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of "one person, one vote." As president, de Klerk moved quickly to free political prisoners, and, in 1991, he obtained the repeal of all remaining apartheid laws. With whom did de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Congo National Days (2022)

The Republic of the Congo has two historical holidays in addition to its independence day: the assassination of President Marien Ngouabi on March 18, 1977, and the beginning of the civil war on June 5, 1997, which restored President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to power. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: husk

beer nut - A peanut served with its husk but not its shell. More...

brown sugar, brown rice - Brown sugar is unrefined or partially refined; brown rice is unpolished with only the husk removed. More...

husk - A shortening of Dutch huisken, "little house." More...

paddy - As in "field," it is from a Malay word meaning "rice in the straw or husk" (making rice paddy redundant). More...

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