Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 4, 2018)
Word of the Day

swerve

Definition:(verb) Turn sharply; change direction abruptly.
Synonyms:sheer, slue, trend, veer, curve, cut
Usage: The driver had to swerve to avoid hitting a deer and nearly lost control of his car in the process.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Present Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the present tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to the present moment in time. What is the present simple structure used to express? More...
Article of the Day

The Wild Bunch

Also known as the Doolin-Dalton Gang, the Wild Bunch was a group of outlaws that terrorized Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and the Oklahoma Territory during the 1890s with a spree of robberies, train hold-ups, and murders of lawmen and civilians. A group of 100 US marshals was appointed in 1893 to systematically hunt down the gang, and of all the outlaw gangs of the time, none met a more violent end than the Wild Bunch. How many of the gang's 11 members survived the crackdown? More...
This Day in History

Henry Ford Test-Drives His First Vehicle (1896)

Controversial but undeniably influential, Ford was an American engineer who is widely credited with developing the world's first modern assembly line used in mass production. In the 1880s, the first "horseless carriages" hit the streets, and Ford, future founder of the Ford Motor Company, found himself inspired to build one of his own. In 1896, he produced his first self-propelled vehicle, the Quadricycle, which ran on an ethanol-powered engine and four bicycle wheels. How much did it sell for? More...
Today's Birthday

King George III of England (1738)

King George III was king of Great Britain and Ireland. During his reign, Britain lost many of its colonies in North America, and Great Britain and Ireland united to form the UK. He suffered a short nervous breakdown in 1765 and a more serious one beginning in 1788, sparking a conflict over the powers to be vested in the regency. His mental condition continued to decline, and he became permanently insane in 1810. One theory claims his condition was a result of what metabolic disorder? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

Idiom of the Day

take a telling-off

To be scolded, rebuked, or reprimanded, as for a wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

International Festival-Institute at Round Top (2020)

This teaching institute and music festival was founded by world-renowned pianist James Dick in 1971 to establish a center where talented student musicians could make a smooth transition to a professional career. The emphasis is still on pianists, but there is also instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass, chamber music, and orchestra. The faculty is composed of internationally known musicians who also perform as soloists at the concerts given there. Round Top is the smallest incorporated city in Texas; just north of the town square is the scenic 200-acre Festival Hill grounds. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: passion

acokoinonia - Sex without passion or desire. More...

excandescence - The state of being glowing hot, anger or passion. More...

incense - Once meant to kindle any passion, good or bad. More...

wrangle - To wrangle can mean "to scream with passion." More...

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