Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, March 20, 2021)
Word of the Day

disaffect

Definition:(verb) Arouse hostility or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection, or friendliness.
Synonyms:alienate, estrange
Usage: She loved him, but the sweaty gym clothes he left behind every time he borrowed her car began to seriously disaffect her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Indicative Mood

The indicative mood is a type of grammatical mood used to express facts, statements, opinions, or questions. It is the sole realis mood in English. This mood can be used in the past, present, or future tense, and in what kinds of sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Hex Signs

Hex signs are a form of folk art that originated in the Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Though the colorful geometric emblems remain popular in Pennsylvania, they are not used by the local Amish or Mennonite populations. There is some controversy over the true purpose of hex signs. While some folk-art scholars maintain that the signs are purely decorative, they are associated with folk magic, and their designs carry symbolic meaning. A hex sign featuring a horse head is said to protect against what? More...
This Day in History

Tunisia Gains Independence from France (1956)

Over the centuries, many nations have fought over, won, and lost the African country of Tunisia. It was under Ottoman rule from 1574 until the late 19th century, when France, England, and Italy contended for it. France emerged the victor. In 1955, it granted Tunisia complete internal self-government. Full independence came in 1956. A year later, the monarchy was abolished and Tunisia became a republic. Prior to the 2011 revolution, how many presidents had Tunisia had since gaining independence? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles William Eliot (1834)

Eliot was an educator and the president of Harvard from 1869 to 1909. Under his administration, Harvard developed from a small college with attached professional schools into a great modern university. Several notable reforms were introduced during his tenure: the elective system was extended, the curriculum was enriched, written exams became mandatory, and the faculty was enlarged. Eliot opposed football and tried unsuccessfully to abolish the game at Harvard. Why did he object to the sport? More...
Quotation of the Day
The woods are never solitary—they are full of whispering, beckoning, friendly life. But the sea is a mighty soul, forever moaning of some great, unshareable sorrow, which shuts it up into itself for all eternity…The woods call to us with a hundred voices, but the sea has one only—a mighty voice that drowns our souls in its majestic music. The woods are human, but the sea is of the company of the archangels.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

run wild

To behave or run around in a wild, unruly, out-of-control manner; to be or become crazy or chaotic. More...
Today's Holiday

Tunisia Independence Day (2022)

Independence Day is a public holiday in Tunisia commemorating a treaty signed on this day in 1956 that formally recognized Tunisia's independence from France. It had been a French colony since the 1880s. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: production

arborization - The production of a treelike structure. More...

Broca's area - An area of the brain involved with the production of speech; it was named after P. Paul Broca, a French surgeon. More...

economic, economical - Economic means "pertaining to the production and use of income," and economical is "avoiding waste, being careful of resources." More...

value-added tax - A tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production. More...

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