Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 17, 2021)
Word of the Day

exonerate

Definition:(verb) Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges.
Synonyms:acquit, exculpate, discharge, clear
Usage: After the long trial, the suspect was exonerated of the murder charges, much to his relief.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complex Sentences

Complex sentences are made up of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. What introduces and links the dependent clause to the independent clause? More...
Article of the Day

Schrödinger's Cat in Popular Culture

In 1935, Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger applied quantum-mechanical indeterminacy to an admittedly “ridiculous” thought experiment in which a cat is closed in a box with a vial of poison that will smash if a radioactive atom decays. The two possible yet mutually exclusive states—the cat being alive or dead—coexist until the box is opened and the cat's fate is seen. Writers have pounced on the idea, weaving it into TV shows, books, and movies. What TV character referenced it after a kiss? More...
This Day in History

Treaty of Fredrikshamn Signed (1809)

In the 17th century, Sweden was a major European power and controlled most of the Baltic coast. However, its expansion in the Baltic Sea coastlands antagonized Russia, Denmark-Norway, and Saxony-Poland, which formed an anti-Swedish coalition. The resultant Great Northern War cost Sweden much of its territory and marked the emergence of Russia as a major power. After Russia and Sweden clashed again in the 19th century, the 1809 Treaty of Fredrikshamn forced Sweden to cede all of what country? More...
Today's Birthday

John Willard Marriott (1900)

A Mormon farm boy from Utah, Marriott left behind the life he knew to open a root beer stand far from home in Washington, DC, in 1927. His gamble quickly paid off. He soon had a chain of family-style drive-ins up and down the US East Coast. In 1957, he opened his first hotel. This too was a great success, and today Marriott International, Inc., is one of the world's largest hospitality companies. Why did he choose Washington, DC, as the site of his first root beer stand? More...
Quotation of the Day
Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

broad shoulders

The ability and/or willingness to accept multiple demands and responsibilities. More...
Today's Holiday

Angola National Heroes Day (2022)

National Heroes Day in Angola is celebrated on the birthday of the man considered to be the nation's founder, Antonio Agostinho Neto. National Heroes Day honors Neto, his ideals for his country, and his accomplishments, as well as those who lost their lives in the struggle for Angolan independence. In addition to ceremonies and speeches, special sports events are often held on this day, including competitions in basketball, cycling, football, chess, swimming, volleyball, and other athletics. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rabbits

buck teeth - Large front teeth protruding over the others; the phrase may come from buck, the adult male of some animals, such as rabbits—which have this type of front teeth. More...

hightail it - Refers to animals, such as mustangs and rabbits, that raise their tails high when fleeing danger. More...

trattles - The rounded droppings of animals like rabbits and sheep. More...

angora - As in cat, goat, and rabbit, it comes from the Turkish capital Angora (till 1930), now Ankara. More...

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