Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 14, 2016)
Word of the Day

hegira

Definition:(noun) A flight to escape danger.
Synonyms:exodus
Usage: The oppressed villagers secretly planned a hegira to escape the czar's army.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Identifying Direct Objects

Direct objects are directly affected by the verbs they complete. What questions can we ask to identify the direct object in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Exabytes

An exabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to one quintillion bytes—an amount roughly represented by the number 1 followed by 18 zeros. Though the term is rarely encountered in any practical context, a popular, hotly contested assertion, which often cites as support a project at the UC Berkeley School of Information, is that "all words ever spoken by human beings" can be represented by approximately 5 exabytes of data. What is meant by the related term "exaflood"? More...
This Day in History

Domitian Becomes Emperor of Rome (81 CE)

The son of Roman Emperor Vespasian, Domitian was second in line for the throne, yet he was only given positions of nominal importance prior to succeeding his older brother Titus, whom he most likely had killed. Though his laws were severe and increasingly despotic, his administration was ostensibly egalitarian, and he is said to have governed the empire well. Still, defeats in Britain and Germany undermined his leadership. About which of his physical traits was he reportedly extremely sensitive? More...
Today's Birthday

Clayton Moore (1914)

Moore performed as a stunt man, trapeze artist, and occasional actor in Westerns until he was spotted in a Zorro film by the producer of The Lone Ranger. From 1949 to 1957, he appeared in 169 episodes of The Lone Ranger as the titular masked character, who roams the West fighting injustice with his trusty sidekick, Tonto, and horse, Silver. The Ranger never removed his trademark mask, which Moore continued to wear in public until a 1979 lawsuit forced him to replace it with what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

be here to stay

To become permanent or firmly established; to be a normal part of everyday life, especially after once being abnormal or unusual. More...
Today's Holiday

Tono Matsuri (2020)

This autumn festival in Japan, observed in the hope that it will bring a good harvest, provides an excellent display of traditional Japanese arts. There is a Shishi Odori dance, performed to the accompaniment of taiko drums; Taue-odori, a rice-planting dance; kagura (sacred music and dance) performances; and Yabusame (horseback archery) demonstrations. There is also a children's parade, called Chigo-gyoretsu. A distinctive genre of festival music, known as Nambu-bayashi, is performed on the grounds of the Tonogo-hachimangu Shrine in Tono. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sudden

all of a sudden - Is the grammatically correct version; do not say "all of the sudden." More...

coup de main - A sudden and unexpected movement or attack. More...

sudden - From Latin sub-, "up to," and ire, "come, go," making subitus, "come or go up stealthily." More...

vicissitude - A sudden or unexpected change in life. More...

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