Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 14, 2019)
Word of the Day

whirlybird

Definition:(noun) An aircraft without wings that obtains its lift from the rotation of overhead blades.
Synonyms:eggbeater, helicopter, chopper
Usage: The boy's remote-controlled whirlybird zipped across the lawn and over the backyard fence.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Phrases

Grammatical phrases are groups of two or more words that work together to perform a single grammatical function in a sentence. What is an appositive phrase? More...
Article of the Day

The 51st State

In American politics, the phrase "51st state" is used to refer to a territory that might be considered for inclusion in the US. With about 600,000 residents, the District of Columbia is regarded as a potential candidate, as is Puerto Rico, which is currently a self-governing commonwealth of the US. The term is also sometimes used to disparage a country that is perceived to be under American influence or to be too Americanized. Which US state has the right to divide itself into multiple states? More...
This Day in History

Harun al-Rashid Becomes Abbasid Caliph (786 CE)

The most famous Abbasid Caliph, Harun al-Rashid ruled from 786 to 809 CE. During his reign, Islamic society reached its zenith in terms of wealth, learning, and power, and Baghdad—the seat of his empire—became a cultural and commercial center. His vast empire spanned southwest Asia and northern Africa, and he had diplomatic relations with both China and Charlemagne's Frankish empire. What collection of stories includes a fictional depiction of Harun that is his best-known portrayal in the West? More...
Today's Birthday

Alexander von Humboldt (1769)

A German naturalist and explorer, Humboldt traveled extensively and made observations and discoveries too numerous to count. Among other things, he discovered the connection between the Amazon and Orinoco river systems, surmised that lack of oxygen causes altitude sickness, studied the ocean current off the western coast of South America that was known for a time as the Humboldt Current, and added to an understanding of the development of the Earth's crust. To what did he devote his final years? More...
Quotation of the Day
If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

brazen it out

To act bravely and confidently when one is afraid or uncertain. More...
Today's Holiday

Nicaragua Battle of San Jacinto Day (2022)

In Nicaragua, September 14 is a national holiday dedicated to the anniversary of the independence of Central America and the battle at San Jacinto. Starting at 7:30 in the morning, the president awards the Presidential Medallion to the best students and teachers from around the country at the Plaza de la Fé Juan Pablo Segundo. Marching bands from 100 schools in the capital and bands from the National Army and the Police participate in a parade that day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pursuit

dachshund - German for "badger hound," from its original breeding purpose to pursue a badger (etc.) that has taken refuge in a burrow. More...

invite - Comes from Latin invitare, from an Indo-European root meaning "to go after something, pursue with vigor, desire." More...

logology - The pursuit of word puzzles; also the science of words. More...

sue - From Latin sequi, "follow," it first meant "follow, go in pursuit of." More...

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