Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

mettlesome

Definition:(adjective) Full of mettle; spirited and plucky.
Synonyms:spirited, game, gritty, spunky
Usage: Joe, being a mettlesome fellow, returned the stranger's angry glance with a steady look.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Reported Speech (Indirect Speech)

When we tell other people what someone else told us, it is called indirect speech or reported speech. We use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. What are the most common reporting verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Lake Baikal

At 12,160 sq mi (31,494 sq km), Lake Baikal is the largest freshwater lake in Eurasia. It is also the world's deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 5,714 ft (1,742 m). Located in southern Siberia, the clear, oxygen-rich waters are home to a wide range of aquatic plants and creatures, including such unusual species as the world's only freshwater seal, and can sustain animal life more than 5,200 ft (1,600 m) below the surface. What percent of the world's surface freshwater is held in Lake Baikal? More...
This Day in History

Muhammad Ali Becomes Wali of Egypt (1805)

Four years after Ali, an Ottoman army commander, helped drive Napoleon from Ottoman-ruled Egypt, he was named wali—governor—of Egypt. He helped modernize Egypt and attempted to secure its independence. Though unsuccessful, his efforts established his progeny as the rulers of Egypt and Sudan for nearly 150 years and rendered Egypt a de facto independent state. He is thus considered one of the fathers of modern Egypt. How did Ali trick Egypt's Mamluk leaders into walking into a massacre? More...
Today's Birthday

Dennis Lee Hopper (1936)

Hopper was an American film actor. He appeared in two films with James Dean in the 1950s but achieved fame of his own after directing and starring in 1969's Easy Rider. His career foundered in the 70s, but important roles in Apocalypse Now (1979) and Blue Velvet (1986) helped him revitalize his career in the 80s and 90s. In addition to acting, he was a noted artist. In 1983, he checked into rehab shortly after performing what daredevil stunt involving dynamite? More...
Quotation of the Day
No country is so wild and difficult but men will make it a theater of war.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

good books

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good books" or some variation thereof. More...
Today's Holiday

International Mayfest (2020)

International Mayfest is a five-day celebration of the arts—performing, visual, and literary—held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. One of the largest festivals in the state, the event features a juried art fair and theatrical presentations. In the past, these varied works have been staged: Three Penny Opera, Our Town, and Revenge of the Space Pandas. There is also a variety of musical entertainment and ethnic foods from all corners of the globe. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stuffing

forcemeat, farce - A highly seasoned mixture containing chopped meat, forcemeat is an alteration of farcemeat, "stuffing," and has a synonym—farce. More...

duxelles - A stuffing made from mushrooms, onions, shallots, and parsley, named after the Marquis d'Uxelles, a 17th-century French nobleman. More...

excelsior - The curled shavings of soft wood used for packing and stuffing. More...

taxidermy - The stuffing of dead animals. More...

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