Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

superable

Definition:(adjective) Capable of being surmounted or excelled.
Synonyms:conquerable
Usage: Bankruptcy is unpleasant, to say the least, but it is a superable problem.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal pronouns

A personal pronoun is a pronoun (a word that functions as and acts as a substitute for a noun or nouns) that represents a grammatical person within a sentence. The personal pronoun that is used varies depending on which four grammatical elements? More...
Article of the Day

Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes is a book in the Jewish and Christian biblical canon. Its author—traditionally held to be Solomon—is occupied with the notion that wickedness and death seem to mock all effort to find purpose in life. The book opens with the assertion that because life on Earth has no meaning, it should be enjoyed. It goes on to emphasize the universality of death. The apparent cynicism of the book is said to have distressed ancient rabbis. What memorable verse decries the pointlessness of life? More...
This Day in History

Afghanistan Gains Independence from United Kingdom (1919)

After becoming the major power on the Indian subcontinent in the late 18th century, the British Empire sought to secure northern approaches to India against expanding Russian influence in the region. In doing so, Britain essentially transformed Afghanistan into a buffer state, subjecting it to several wars before finally relinquishing control of its foreign affairs. Subsequent tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan can be traced to what border drawn by the British during this period? More...
Today's Birthday

John Dryden (1631)

Dryden was an English poet, dramatist, and critic who so dominated the literary scene in Restoration England that the era is called the "Age of Dryden." His Heroic Stanzas, commemorating the death of Oliver Cromwell, brought him fame in 1659, and his poetry celebrating the Restoration earned him the title of poet laureate in 1668. His later work includes poems Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe. What controversial grammar rule—still debated today—is credited to Dryden? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

a lot on (one's) plate

A lot to do. More...
Today's Holiday

Jeshn (2022)

Jeshn is a celebration of Afghanistan's independence from British control that has been observed throughout the country but with special ceremonies in Kabul. The Treaty of Rawalpindi, signed on August 8, 1919, gave Afghanistan the right to conduct its own foreign affairs. It was the formal conclusion of the Third Anglo-Afghan War, which actually ended in May 1919, but August is a slack agricultural period and therefore a time when more people can celebrate a holiday. The holiday has been observed with parades, dancing, games, music, and speeches by government figures. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: weave

nettles - Got their name because people used to weave them into nets. More...

pretext - From Latin praetexere, "to disguise," from prae, "in front," and texere, "weave"—as something serving to conceal plans. More...

texture - Once referred to a woven fabric, from Latin texere, "to weave." More...

wasp - The insect traces back to an Indo-European root meaning "weave." More...

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