Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

subtitle

Definition:(noun) Translation of foreign dialogue of a movie or TV program; usually displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Synonyms:caption
Usage: Despite having to read the subtitles for the duration of the film, I found myself lost in the storyline and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Could

The modal verb "could" is most often used as a past-tense version of "can," indicating what someone or something was able to do in the past. "Could" can be used in what types of conditional sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Gap Year

After completing high school or college, more and more students around the world are opting to take a year off to travel before continuing their education or entering the workplace. Known as a gap year, among many other names, the prolonged break—often but not always lasting a year—is usually spent working, learning a language, volunteering, or combining activities into a so-called working holiday. In what countries is the gap year less popular? More...
This Day in History

"Umbrella Assassin" Strikes (1978)

Georgi Markov began his career as a writer in his native Bulgaria. After defecting to the West in 1969, he continued his criticisms of the Bulgarian regime. On September 7, 1978, Markov was waiting at a London bus stop when he felt a sting on his leg and turned to see a man pick up an umbrella. Markov's death days later was attributed to the tiny, ricin-laced pellet that had been fired into his leg—likely from the umbrella. The "Umbrella Assassin" was never caught. Who is the prime suspect? More...
Today's Birthday

Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533)

Queen Elizabeth, England's last Tudor monarch, came to the throne during a turbulent period in the nation's history. Although she has been described as vain, miserly, and fickle, she was remarkably successful as queen. During her reign, England pursued a policy of expansionism in commerce and geographical exploration, defeating the Spanish Armada and becoming a major world power. Literature and the arts flourished during the period as well. To whom was the Queen married? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

blow up (one's) phone

To call someone repeatedly and/or send someone a lot of text messages. More...
Today's Holiday

Brazil Independence Day (2022)

A declaration of independence was made by Pedro di Alcântara (1798-1834) on this day in 1822. Brazil had been a colony of Portugal since the 16th century. Alcântara, better known as Pedro I, became the first emperor of Brazil in 1823 and ruled until 1831. Independence Day is a public holiday in Brazil, and there are celebrations in Brasília, the capital, with parades of military personnel and floats decorated with flowers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: waste

wastrel - Pronounced WAYS-trul, it is either a wasteful or worthless person, derived from the verb "waste," from Latin vastus, "desert, waste." More...

bratwurst - From German Brat, "meat without waste," and Wurst, "sausage." More...

eat your heart out - Goes back as far as Diogenes Laertius, who credited Pythagoras with saying "Do not eat your heart"—meaning "Don't waste your life worrying about something"—2,500 years ago. More...

sullage - Waste from household sinks, showers, and baths—but not toilets; it also figuratively means filth or refuse. More...

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