Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 10, 2017)
Word of the Day

unsteady

Definition:(adjective) Not firm, solid, or securely in place; unstable.
Synonyms:unfirm
Usage: He climbed carefully up the unsteady ladder and cleaned the leaves that had clogged the gutter around the house.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Pronouns

A relative pronoun is a type of pronoun used to connect a relative clause (also known as an adjective clause) to the main clause in a sentence. What are restrictive relative clauses? More...
Article of the Day

Holodomor

A combination of the Ukrainian words holod, meaning "hunger," and mor, meaning "plague," the term Holodomor refers to the Ukrainian famine that led to millions of deaths in 1932 and 1933. Though some scholars note that natural causes—such as weather and a poor harvest—might have contributed to the famine, most modern historians agree that it was a direct result of the policies of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. For that reason, the Holodomor is sometimes referred to as what? More...
This Day in History

Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519)

In 1518, Spanish king Charles I approved navigator Ferdinand Magellan's plan to sail to the Spice Islands by a western route. On the way, Magellan crossed the "Sea of the South" and renamed it the Pacific Ocean because of the calm crossing. His ambitious voyage proved definitively the roundness of the Earth and revealed the Americas as a new world, separate from Asia. Though Magellan is often credited with being the first to circumnavigate the globe, he never actually returned to Europe. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Clarence Leonidas "Leo" Fender (1909)

Few people in recent history have transformed popular music—rock and roll in particular—the way Leo Fender did. A self-taught radio repairman, Fender began inventing electronic instruments in the 1940s and is responsible for the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar, the first widely used electric bass, and many other revolutionary instruments. His Fender Musical Instruments Corporation remains a leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and amplifiers. What are Fender "Nocasters"? More...
Quotation of the Day
All nature wears one universal grin.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

written all over (one's) face

Evident by one's facial expression. Said of one's emotions or inner thoughts. More...
Today's Holiday

Día de San Lorenzo (2022)

St. Lawrence of Rome (San Lorenzo) was a deacon under Pope Sixtus II in the third century. His feast day is August 10. As the patron saint of Zinacantán, Chiapas State, Mexico, San Lorenzo is honored with a five-day festival that takes place August 8-11 each year. The highlight is a procession, interrupted periodically by a dance performed by the Capitanes. Each dancer holds one foot out in front while hopping on the other foot for a time, then they shift so that the opposite foot is held out. Thousands attend the festival, which includes a huge open market and a fireworks display. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: skilled

art - Comes from a base word meaning "put together"; its original general meaning referred to any kind of skill. More...

deipnosophist - If you are skilled at table talk, you are a deipnosophist. More...

kung fu - From Chinese words translating to "merit master" or "one who is highly skilled." More...

linguished - Means "skilled in languages." More...

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