Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 22, 2017)
Word of the Day

valiant

Definition:(adjective) Having or showing valor.
Synonyms:valorous
Usage: The hostages made a valiant attempt to overtake their captors and paid dearly for their bravery.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Nouns

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. What are adverbial nouns sometimes called? More...
Article of the Day

The Gratuitous Umlaut

An umlaut is a diacritical mark consisting of two dots placed over a letter to alter pronunciation. However, the so-called "heavy metal umlaut" is used in the names of bands, such as Mötley Crüe and Motörhead, not to change pronunciation, but to evoke the stereotypes of boldness and strength commonly attributed to peoples whose languages incorporate such marks. It has since been widely parodied, including in the mockumentary This Is Spin¨al Tap. Which band first used a gratuitous umlaut? More...
This Day in History

Bulgaria Gains Independence (1908)

Bulgaria was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire in 1396, but Turkish rule was often oppressive, and rebellions were frequent. In 1908, taking advantage of the Young Turk revolution in Constantinople and the annexation of Bosnia and Herzegovina by Austria, Prince Ferdinand proclaimed Bulgaria independent with himself as czar. Bulgaria then became involved in a series of conflicts—two Balkan Wars and World War I—that led to Ferdinand's abdication. Why was Bulgaria regarded as the Balkan Prussia? More...
Today's Birthday

Ben Chifley (1885)

Chifley was the 16th prime minister of Australia, serving from 1945 to 1949. Originally an engine driver, Chifley got his first taste of politics helping to establish the Australian engine drivers' union. He went on to become an active member of the Labor Party and held a parliamentary seat from 1928 to 1931. As prime minister, he oversaw reforms in immigration and citizenship, social services, and banking. One of the few successful referenda to modify what document took place during his term? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every artist makes himself born. It is very much harder than the other time, and longer.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

busy little beaver

A very busy, assiduous, or hardworking person. Taken from the phrase "busy as a beaver," referring to beavers' reputation for being extremely industrious. More...
Today's Holiday

Mali Independence Day (2022)

Mali gained its independence from France on September 22, 1960. As a colony since the 1890s, it was known as French Sudan. In ancient and medieval times Mali had a prominent role in a series of illustrious empires that spanned western Africa. Also known as Republic Day, this is an important national holiday in Mali. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shock

shock - An encounter between two charging hostile forces. More...

enfant terrible - Actually applies to young adults (generally male) who go out of their way to shock or embarrass but at the same time are considered talented. More...

perculsive - Describing something that gives you a shock. More...

ay, chihuahua - This interjection expresses surprise or shock—even dismay, annoyance, or resignation. More...

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