Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, April 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

purchasable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being corrupted.
Synonyms:bribable, corruptible, venal, dishonest
Usage: If there is just one purchasable juror assigned to my case, I may have a chance of beating the charges.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs. What forms of verb tenses generally are not formed with stative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Zanj Rebellion

At the height of the Abbasid Empire, thousands of East Africans, known as Zanj, were transported as slaves to work in the salt marshes near the town of Basra, in what is now southern Iraq. Led by Ali ibn Muhammad, the exploited Zanj—free and enslaved alike—rebelled in 869 CE. They successfully raided towns and villages and even expanded north and established a capital. It took 15 years for the Abbasids to suppress the revolt, in part because they were also struggling with what other group? More...
This Day in History

John Kerry Testifies before Congress on Vietnam (1971)

Though he was a decorated Vietnam veteran—a recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts—John Kerry was also an outspoken opponent of the war. In 1971, he appeared before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to urge the US to pursue an immediate and unilateral withdrawal. In his testimony, he also presented the findings of the Winter Soldier Investigation, which collected firsthand accounts of war crimes from Vietnam veterans. Why was Kerry arrested a month later? More...
Today's Birthday

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870)

Lenin was a Russian revolutionary and Bolshevik party leader whose mastery of political theory and shrewd political instincts led him to become the first Premier of the Soviet Union. As leader, Lenin nationalized banks, gave workers control over factory production, and introduced atheism as a political doctrine. His adaptation of traditional Marxist doctrine has become known as Marxism-Leninism and forms the basis of communist ideology. Where are Lenin's preserved remains currently displayed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

run a temperature

To have an abnormally high body temperature (a fever), which is indicative of or caused by illness. More...
Today's Holiday

Moors and Christians Fiesta (2022)

Moors and Christians fiestas are celebrated all over Spain, but the Fiesta of Alcoy is one of the most colorful. Coinciding with the feast day of St. George, it commemorates the victory of Christians over the Moorish leader al-Azraq in 1276. The fiesta begins on the morning of April 22 with the entry of the Christians; the Moors arrive in the afternoon, dressed in exotic costumes. On April 23, the relic of St. George is carried in procession to the parish church. On the third day, the battle is reenacted, and an apparition of St. George appears on the battlements of the castle. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seizing

acatalepsy - Greek for "not thoroughly seizing" or "incomprehensibility." More...

rapine - Means "the act or practice of seizing and taking away by force the property of others." More...

ravishing - Can mean "seizing on prey." More...

hend, hent - To hend is to seize or take; hent is the act of seizing. More...

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