Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

enumerate

Definition:(verb) Specify individually.
Synonyms:itemize, recite
Usage: A spokesperson enumerated the strikers' demands.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Adjectives

A compound adjective (also known as a compound modifier or a phrasal adjective) is created by two or more words that work jointly to modify the same noun. How are they usually joined together? More...
Article of the Day

The Gentlemen's Club

Though today the term is often associated with strip clubs, the traditional British gentlemen's club was an exclusive, members-only establishment where upper-class men could drink, dine, and socialize. Most barred women, and many had strict membership requirements—like requiring prospective members to have traveled at least 500 miles from London in order to gain admittance. Their numbers have dwindled since their heyday in the 18th and 19th centuries. What is the largest gentlemen's club today? More...
This Day in History

Six-Day War: USS Liberty Incident (1967)

During the 1967 Six-Day War, Israeli aircraft and naval forces attacked a US intelligence ship in international waters off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Both the Israeli and American governments issued reports concluding that the attack was a tragic mistake, but these conclusions have been challenged from several fronts, and the matter remains controversial in the public debate. How much money did Israel pay the US and the families of the victims in compensation? More...
Today's Birthday

Suharto (1921)

Suharto was a relatively unknown army chief in 1965, when he crushed an alleged coup with a ruthless purge of communists and leftists throughout Indonesia that left as many as 1,000,000 dead. In 1967, he replaced the deposed Sukarno as president. He oversaw a return to economic stability and led the violent 1975 invasion of East Timor, which Indonesia soon annexed. Greatly unpopular after the economic unrest of the 1990s, Suharto resigned in 1998. Why was he placed under house arrest in 2000? More...
Quotation of the Day
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

the terrible twos

A developmental stage of children, generally at or around the age of two, marked by increased rebelliousness and frequent tantrums. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day (2022)

St. Médardus, or Médard, who lived from about 470 to 560 CE, was the bishop of Vermandois, Noyon, and Tournai in France. Because he was the patron saint of farmers and good weather, he has come to play a role in weather lore similar to that of the English St. Swithin. In Belgium he is known as the rain saint, and there is an old folk rhyme that says, "If it rains on St. Médard's Day, it will rain for 40 days." More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: metaphor

trope - A figurative or metaphorical use of a word or phrase. More...

ingrain, ingrained - Ingrain literally means "work into the grain" (originally, of fabric), and ingrained is metaphorically "deep-seated." More...

farce - First meant forcemeat stuffing and came to be used metaphorically when a humorous play was "stuffed" in between two more serious acts of the main theatrical presentation—or for interludes of impromptu buffoonery in a dramatic presentation. More...

relieve - Metaphorically, to "alleviate, lighten," from Latin relevare, "raise again." More...

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