Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

intersect

Definition:(verb) Meet at a point.
Synonyms:cross
Usage: These two fences intersect at the creek.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nominal Adjectives

Nominal adjectives perform the function of a noun in a sentence. They are preceded by the word "the" and can be the subject or object of a sentence or clause. What are some nominal adjectives that are used to refer to groups of people? More...
Article of the Day

Songtsän Gampo

Born in the seventh century, Songtsän Gampo was the founder of the Tibetan empire. Though much of the information about his life is derived from legend and tradition, Gampo is believed to have ascended to the throne while still a minor. He is widely credited with bringing many cultural and technological advances to Tibet. Most notably, he is considered to be the first of the three rulers, known as the "Dharma Kings," who established Buddhism in Tibet. Who were the other two? More...
This Day in History

US Retaliates against Al Qaeda for Embassy Bombings (1998)

On August 7, 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed, killing more than 200 people. Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were believed to be responsible for the attacks. The US retaliated 13 days later with Operation Infinite Reach, a cruise missile strike that targeted terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. Though the pharmaceutical plant was allegedly helping bin Laden build chemical weapons, the US was widely criticized for this attack. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Raymond Poincaré (1860)

A career statesman, Poincaré ascended to the highest echelons of French government, serving as prime minister on several occasions and as president from 1913 to 1920. In the lead-up to World War I, Poincaré, a conservative and nationalist, worked to prepare France for possible hostilities, strengthening its military and its alliances with Russia and Britain. His efforts paid off, and Germany was defeated by the Allied Powers in 1918. What prompted him to send French troops into Germany in 1923? More...
Quotation of the Day
What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

a peg too low

Dejected; in low spirits. It originally referred to pegs that were inserted into draughts to measure how much alcohol had been consumed. If the peg was low, there wasn't much alcohol left to drink. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Stephen's Day (Hungary) (2021)

The founding of Hungary is commemorated on August 20, which is also the feast day of the founder of the country, St. Stephen of Hungary (c. 975-1038). He assumed the kingship in 1000 and worked to unite the various clans into a single Christian state. In 1950, the day was changed to Constitution Day by the communist regime, but it began celebrating St. Stephen again in 1990. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: yesterday

hestern, hesternal - Hestern or hesternal means "pertaining to yesterday." More...

nudiustertian - Pertaining to the day before yesterday. More...

pridian - "Of or relating to a previous day or yesterday; former." More...

yesterday - The yester of yesterday and yesteryear was a word on its own, meaning "yesterday," but by Old English it had become a collocation with "day." More...

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