Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, August 3, 2020)
Word of the Day

heart-to-heart

Definition:(noun) An intimate talk in private.
Synonyms:tête-à-tête
Usage: It felt good to open up, and I left our heart-to-heart feeling as though a great weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. What are the most common prepositions found at the end of prepositional idioms? More...
Article of the Day

Newton's Rings

When a curved glass surface, such as a convex lens, is placed against a flat piece of glass and illuminated by monochromatic light, a series of alternating bright and dark concentric bands, known as Newton’s rings, appears around the point of contact between the curved and flat glass. Though several scientists had observed the phenomenon before him, it was named for Isaac Newton, who analyzed it in detail. Why are the outer rings usually spaced more closely together than the inner rings? More...
This Day in History

Niger Gains Independence from France (1960)

In 1885, the Conference of Berlin placed Niger under French control, and, in 1922, the territory became a separate colony within French West Africa. During that time, France did little to develop Niger's economy or educational system. The French constitution of 1946 granted Niger its own assembly, which stimulated national political activity and spurred the formation of Niger's first important political organization. In 1960, Niger achieved independence. Who was the country's first president? More...
Today's Birthday

Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia (1770)

Friedrich Wilhelm III ruled Prussia from 1797 to 1840 and was well intentioned but weak and vacillating. Despite attempts at neutrality, he was drawn into the Napoleonic Wars between France and a shifting alliance of European powers. Defeated by the French in 1806, he allied with Russia, and his troops were instrumental in Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo. Prussia's prestige declined during his reign, and he was quite unpopular. What happened when his wife visited Napoleon on Prussia's behalf? More...
Quotation of the Day
A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

with no frills

With no extraneous details or embellishments. Not fancy, decorous, or elaborate. Simple. More...
Today's Holiday

Nebuta Matsuri (2022)

Nebuta Matsuri, the main festival of Aomori Prefecture in Japan, features processions of huge, elaborately painted papier-mâché figures called nebuta. In the capital city of Aomori, the nebuta figures, up to 49 feet wide and 26 feet high, depict ferociously scowling samurai warriors. Illuminated from within by candles, they glow as they are carried through the streets at nightfall. Spectators wear hats made of flowers and dance in the streets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rooms

pied-a-terre - A small town house or rooms used for short residences (1829), from French "foot on the ground." More...

party wall - A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms. More...

lobby - One of its early meanings was "monastic cloister," from Latin lobia, "covered way," before it came to mean the passage or waiting area between rooms in a building. More...

enfilade - A suite of rooms with doorways in line with each other—or a vista between rows of trees. More...

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