Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 20, 2021)
Word of the Day

clairvoyance

Definition:(noun) Apparent power to perceive things that are not present to the senses.
Synonyms:ESP, extrasensory perception, second sight
Usage: The police officer doubted my clairvoyance until I was able to lead him to the missing woman's remains.
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

Paternosters

A paternoster is a passenger elevator that consists of a series of doorless compartments suspended on loop of slow-moving chain that continuously advances. Passengers must step on and off the elevator while it is in motion. Introduced in 1884 as the "Cyclic Elevator," it became popular in Europe but eventually fell out of favor due to serious safety concerns. Paternoster is Latin for "our father," another name for the Lord's Prayer. Why are paternosters named after a Christian prayer? 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

Bernardo O'Higgins (1778?)

The illegitimate son of a Spanish officer of Irish origin, O'Higgins was educated in Peru, Spain, and England. When Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808 and Spanish control of Chile relaxed, O'Higgins became a member of Chile's new congress. Instrumental in defeating the Spanish in 1817, he was named the first Chilean head of state and proclaimed the country's independence in 1818. His financial, political, and social reforms aroused opposition, and he was deposed in 1823 and exiled to what country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thus it may be known that the leader of armies is the arbiter of the people's fate, the man on whom it depends whether the nation shall be in peace or in peril.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)

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

Estonia Restoration of Independence Day (2022)

In the 20th century, Estonia was a sovereign state from 1919 to 1940. At that time, it was forced to become a socialist republic of the Soviet Union. Then, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and on August 20 of that year, Estonia formally re-established its independence. Throughout 2008, the country celebrated its 90th anniversary as a republic. This is one of three days on which the national flag must be hoisted on state buildings, along with Victory Day (June 23) and Independence Day (February 24). 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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