Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 21, 2021)
Word of the Day

calumniate

Definition:(verb) To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about.
Synonyms:asperse, besmirch, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear
Usage: Martha knew it was wrong to calumniate her former employer, but she was still so angry about being fired that she could not help herself.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Substituting Modal Verbs

Modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, and it is sometimes unclear when it is appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "will," "can," "could," and "would" can all be used to make a request of someone, with differing degrees of what? More...
Article of the Day

Biological Pest Control

Biological pest control involves the introduction of natural enemies, such as predators, parasites, or pathogens, into the environments of pests. Once a natural enemy is successfully established, it rarely requires additional human action. Examples of effective biocontrol include using ladybugs to prey on aphids and treating turf with the bacterium Bacillus popilliae, which is fatal to Japanese beetle larvae. What pest were dachshunds originally bred to control? More...
This Day in History

Empress Dowager Cixi Ends Hundred Days of Reform in China (1898)

Empress Dowager Cixi was the de facto ruler of China for much of the period between 1861 and 1908. After the death of Emperor Xianfeng, as well as that of his only heir—his son by Cixi—she violated normal succession order and named her adoptive infant nephew Guangxu to the throne. In 1898, during the "hundred days of reform," Guangxu issued a series of radical decrees modernizing China's political and social structure. Cixi opposed the reforms and engineered a coup. What became of Guangxu? More...
Today's Birthday

John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called "macadamization." After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as "tarmac," short for "tarmacadam." What was the first macadam road in North America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

burn up the road

To travel very fast. Often used to describe driving. More...
Today's Holiday

Belize Independence Day (2022)

On September 21, 1981, Belize gained independence from Britain. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras and had been internally self-governing since 1965. Independence Day is a national public holiday in Belize. Celebrations begin more than a week before the 21st with dances, pageants, sporting events, and concerts, and culminate with parades and patriotic ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: privilege

box social - A social event at which boxes of food are auctioned to male bidders, who win the privilege of eating and dancing with the woman who prepared the box lunch. More...

privilege, prerogative - A privilege is a right that may be extended to a group or a number of people; a prerogative is a right that, customarily, is vested in a single person. More...

munity - A granted right or privilege. More...

prerogative - Comes from Latin praerogare, "ask before others," and came to mean "right to precedence, privilege." More...

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