Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, September 23, 2019)
Word of the Day

installment

Definition:(noun) A part of a broadcast serial.
Synonyms:episode
Usage: The latest installment of my favorite television show will air this Thursday.
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

Kumari

Worshipped by Nepali Buddhists and some Nepali Hindus but not by Tibetan Buddhists, a Kumari is a young girl from the Shakya caste of Nepal's indigenous Newa people who is regarded as the bodily incarnation of the goddess Taleju. Because her feet are considered sacred and may not touch the ground, she is carried everywhere. She maintains her position until she reaches puberty, after which it is believed the goddess vacates her body. Why was a Kumari temporarily stripped of her title in 2007? 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
One solitary swallow does not make summer.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

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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