Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 17, 2018)
Word of the Day

imperil

Definition:(verb) Pose a threat to; present a danger to.
Synonyms:endanger, jeopardize, menace, threaten
Usage: You imperil the lives of other road users by driving drunk.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Slash vs. Backslash

The slash must not be confused with a backslash ( \ ), which is used in computer programming but not in written English. When a distinction between the two needs to be made, what is the slash sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Percy-Neville Feud

The Percy-Neville Feud was a string of skirmishes between two prominent northern English families and their followers that helped provoke the Wars of the Roses—a series of dynastic civil wars between supporters of the Houses of Lancaster and York in the 15th century. Six months after the Nevilles allied themselves with Richard, Duke of York—rival of the Lancastrian King Henry VI—the Percys met the Nevilles and the Duke in the first battle at St. Albans. What was the original reason for the feud? More...
This Day in History

Peace Treaty Ends 335 Years' War (1986)

When hostilities between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago located off the southwest coast of England, ended, the warring parties recalled their troops, and the conflict was forgotten. Without a treaty declaring its end, however, the 1651 war peacefully became the world's longest, technically lasting 335 years. Despite questions regarding the validity of the declaration of war, peace was officially declared in 1986. What 45-minute war is considered the world's shortest? More...
Today's Birthday

Nikita Khrushchev (1894)

In the power struggle that followed Joseph Stalin's death, Nikita Khrushchev emerged as leader of the USSR. He became First Secretary of the Communist Party in 1953 and the Soviet premier five years later. He was highly critical of Stalin's rule and oversaw many reforms. Jovial in manner and often deliberately uncouth, he had a brash, extraverted style of diplomacy that became his trademark. Before his removal from office, the Communist Party accused him of mishandling what event in 1962? More...
Quotation of the Day
Boldness is ever blind; for it seeth not danger, and inconveniences.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

a little from column A, a little from column B

Having been formed from two distinct factors, elements, or reasons. More...
Today's Holiday

Syria National Day (2022)

This national holiday commemorates the withdrawal of French troops on this day in 1946, when Syria proclaimed its independence after more than 20 years of French occupation. It is also known as Independence Day and Evacuation Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: vault

coping saw - A saw with a very narrow blade stretched across a u-shaped frame—for cutting curves, with cope meaning "vault, arch." More...

ossuary - From Latin os, "bone," it is any receptacle—urn, vault, etc.—for the bones of the dead. More...

camera - First meant "vault, chamber." More...

firmament - Means "vault of the sky," as a fixed structure. More...

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