Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 15, 2021)
Word of the Day

scrawl

Definition:(verb) Write carelessly.
Synonyms:scribble
Usage: The note that my brother scrawled before his quick exit was unreadable.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause (also called a subordinate clause) is a clause that relies on the information from an independent clause to form a complete, logical thought. What are dependent words? More...
Article of the Day

Art Films

An art film is a motion picture made as a serious artistic work—not primarily for mass appeal. Unlike big-budget, escapist Hollywood blockbusters, art films are often low-budget and experiment with unusual narrative techniques. Traditionally, makers of art films have struggled to get financial backing, but today, major motion picture studios have divisions devoted to non-mainstream fare, which sparks debate over whether such films are truly "independent." What are some famous art films? More...
This Day in History

USA Today Founded (1982)

USA Today was founded as an alternative to the typical newspaper. Initially considered gimmicky, it gradually improved its reputation and increased its circulation and advertising revenues, a particularly impressive feat as few papers were experiencing growth at the time. The features that originally set it apart—colorful graphics, brief stories, and a focus on sports and celebrity—have been adopted by various other papers. With what newspaper does it vie for widest circulation in the US? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
How long the dawn seems coming when we cannot sleep!

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

break into a smile

To start smiling. More...
Today's Holiday

Guatemala Independence Day (2022)

This is the day on which Guatemala won its independence from Spain in 1821. It is a public holiday during which the buildings in Guatemala City are draped in blue-and-white bunting, and there are parades with schoolchildren marching to the music of military bands. A popular holiday pastime is watching La Conquista (The Conquest), a traditional dance where the dancers, in wooden masks and red wigs, reenact the conquest of the Mayan Indians by the Spanish soldier Pedro de Alvarado. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tear

discerp - To shred or tear something apart. More...

avulse - To tear or pull away or pluck off. More...

deracinate - "To pluck or tear up by the roots," from Latin racine, "root." More...

dilacerate, dilaniate - To tear or rip something or someone to shreds is to dilacerate or dilaniate. More...

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