Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

smug

Definition:(adjective) Exhibiting or feeling great or offensive satisfaction with oneself or with one's situation; self-righteously complacent.
Synonyms:self-satisfied
Usage: On his face was the smug look of a toad breakfasting on fat marsh flies.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Adverbs

Relative adverbs, like relative pronouns, introduce relative clauses (also called adjective clauses) that modify a noun or a noun phrase. How do relative adverbs differ from relative pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Kea

The kea, a type of parrot endemic to New Zealand, is a crow-sized omnivore that typically feeds on plants, insects, and other birds. Dubbed "the clown of the mountains," it is a curious and playful bird and has been known to fly off with small items left unguarded by their human owners. Their population has declined considerably, largely due to the fact that the New Zealand government once paid a bounty for kea bills. The birds were targeted because they occasionally prey on what large mammal? More...
This Day in History

Philippine Opposition Leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., Is Assassinated (1983)

Aquino, leader of the Philippines' Liberal Party, was planning to run for president in 1972 when Ferdinand Marcos, the incumbent, declared martial law and had Aquino arrested on inflated charges. Aquino served eight years in prison, at one point demonstrating against his sentence with a 40-day hunger strike. In 1980, he was released to go to the US for heart-bypass surgery. After three years in exile, he returned to the Philippines and was immediately assassinated. Why had Aquino gone back? More...
Today's Birthday

Joe Strummer (1952)

Strummer—born John Graham Mellor—was the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for The Clash. The band was at the forefront of the 1970s punk rock movement and became known for performing overtly political songs, such as "Rock the Casbah" and "I Fought the Law." After The Clash broke up in 1986, Strummer went on to several other projects, including the Mescaleros. The Clash was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, just months after Strummer died. What caused his untimely death? More...
Quotation of the Day
The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation's greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

all wound up

Very tense and/or nervous. Jittery. More...
Today's Holiday

Salzburg Festival (2022)

Although the Salzburg Festival features musical events by a wide variety of composers and performances by internationally celebrated musicians, conductors and singers, the festival has always paid special homage to Mozart. The festival takes place at the end of July and through most of August at different venues throughout Salzburg—most of the operatic and large orchestral pieces are performed in the Festspielhaus, chamber music concerts are usually given in the hall of the Mozarteum, and the Residenz is the scene for serenade concerts held by candlelight. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: official

brevet - An official or authoritative message in writing. More...

provost - Etymologically, an official "placed before" or "put in charge" of others, from Latin praepositus, "superintendent." More...

bailiwick - Comes from bailie, "custody," and -wick, "function of an official" or "place of jurisdiction." More...

probate - The official proving of a will, from Latin probatum, "thing proved." More...

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