Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 23, 2017)
Word of the Day

arbiter

Definition:(noun) One chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue.
Synonyms:arbitrator, umpire
Usage: In peace, from their want of confidence in each other, they will entrust the guardianship of the state to mercenaries and their general, who will be an arbiter between them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Namaste

One of the few Sanskrit words commonly recognized by non-Hindi speakers, namaste is an Indian gesture, greeting, and parting phrase. Derived from a Sanskrit phrase literally meaning "I bow to you," namaste is universally accepted in India and Nepal by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and Christians. When said to another person, it is commonly accompanied by a slight bow made with the hands held together in front of the chest. What is indicated by placing one's hands entirely above the head? More...
This Day in History

Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Augustus Caesar (63 BCE)

Augustus Caesar was the first emperor of Rome. Known as Octavian for the period of his life prior to 27 BCE, he came to power after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. He ended years of civil war and gave Rome an era of peace, prosperity, and imperial greatness. Although he preserved the outward form of the Roman Republic, he ruled with extraordinary powers for more than 40 years and filled the Senate with sympathizers who named him "Augustus." What was the significance of this title? More...
Quotation of the Day
Pyrrhus, when his friends congratulated to him his victory over the Romans under Fabricius, but with great slaughter of his own side, said to them again, "Yes; but if we have such another victory, we are undone."

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

button (one's) lip

To be quiet. Often used as an imperative. More...
Today's Holiday

Erau Festival (2022)

This Indonesian festival takes place in Tenggarong, in the province of East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Today the Erau Festival is celebrated for as long as a week around September 24, the anniversary of the city's founding, though many of the ceremonies performed during the festival go back much further. The festival opens with special blessing and purification ceremonies, followed by musical and dance performances, art exhibits, and more traditional Dayak ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sprout

ratoon crop - One that grows from the remains of one already harvested, from Spanish retono, "sprout." More...

clan - Ultimately from Latin planta, "plant, sprout." More...

germ, germinate - From Latin germen, "seed, sprout." More...

acrospire - The first leaf that sprouts from a germinating seed. More...

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