Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, June 8, 2021)
Word of the Day

anathema

Definition:(noun) A person or thing detested or loathed.
Synonyms:bete noire
Usage: Because of what he did to Sam, he is anathema to me now.
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

Binaural Beats

When two tones at slightly different frequencies are played separately and heard through stereo headphones or speakers, the brain perceives a third sound: a binaural beat. Though discovered by German scientist Heinrich Wilhelm Dove in 1839, the phenomenon was largely ignored until the 1970s. The beats are now a source of interest for some who think they have the potential to induce relaxation and increase memory and learning ability. How are binaural beats related to the "cocktail party effect"? More...
This Day in History

Cult of the Supreme Being Inaugurated in France with National Festival (1794)

During the Reign of Terror, leading French revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre devised the Cult of the Supreme Being as the official state religion in an attempt to counter the atheistic Cult of Reason. The deist religion, which avowed patriotism and the immortality of the soul, was celebrated with a huge festival in Paris in 1794. However, other revolutionaries soon sought to end Robespierre's growing power, and he was guillotined less than two months later. What became of the religion? 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
There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

let's get something straight

set phrase Let's clear up any possible confusion, misunderstanding, or uncertainty (about something); let me make this perfectly clear. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Médardus's Day (2021)

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: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

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