Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

deplete

Definition:(verb) Use up (resources or materials).
Synonyms:wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume
Usage: We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Syntax

Syntax refers to the ways in which we order specific words to create logical, meaningful sentences. What two things are required to form a complete and logical statement? More...
Article of the Day

Snake Wine

Originating in Vietnam and found throughout Southeast Asia, snake wine is an alcoholic beverage bottled with a whole venomous snake inside. One variety is made by placing a large snake into a glass jar of rice wine, often with smaller snakes, and allowing it to steep. Consumed after the poisonous venom has been rendered inactive by the alcohol, snake wine is said to have medicinal properties and is billed as a cure for a range of ailments. Why is its import banned in many countries? More...
This Day in History

Dachau Concentration Camp Liberated by US Troops (1945)

Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp and served as a model for others that followed. Built just miles from Munich, Germany, where the Nazi Party was headquartered, it was the site of unimaginable horrors. Dachau's prisoners were used as forced laborers and as test subjects in grotesque medical experiments. Records indicate that at least 32,000 inmates died at Dachau, and countless more were transported to extermination camps. What was the camp used for after American troops liberated it? More...
Today's Birthday

Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are "Mood Indigo," "Solitude," and "Sophisticated Lady." He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

shed a tear

To cry or weep, especially from grief; to grieve or mourn in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Uesugi Matsuri (2022)

This Japanese festival, held in Yonezawa, commemorates the illustrious warrior Uesugi Kenshin (1530-1578). He is remembered for his role in a series of five battles, fought on a triangular island in the middle of the Matsukawa River, known as the Battles of Kawanakajima. The Uesugi Matsuri commemorates the warrior and his soldiers with mock battles and various costumed events, as well as a Musha Gyoretsu, a parade of warriors of the Sengoku (Warring States) Era. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rules

lect - A regional or social variety within a language, a form of speech defined by a homogenous set of rules. More...

precisian - An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures. More...

ring - Boxing started off in circles, and when the Marquess of Queensbury introduced a set of rules in 1867, he also introduced the roped-off square, which continued to be called the "ring." More...

mistress - First meant "a woman who rules or has control," or a "woman who employs others, as servants." More...

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