Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

fizzle

Definition:(verb) To fail or end weakly, especially after a hopeful beginning.
Synonyms:peter out, taper off
Usage: The music just fizzled out—there was no proper ending to the concert.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs that Take Gerunds

Stative verbs, also known as verbs of feeling, are very likely to take gerunds as their objects. "Love" is a common stative verb that takes gerunds. What is the gerund in the following sentence? "I love going to the movies." More...
Article of the Day

Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, a psychostimulant that was first synthesized in 1893, was widely used by German soldiers during WWII. Physicians prescribe it as a treatment for hyperactivity, narcolepsy, and obesity, but it is often used illegally because it produces euphoria and suppresses appetite. However, a number of negative side effects may also result from its use, including the development of obsessions with repetitive tasks, skin picking compulsions, and amphetamine psychosis. What is "meth mouth"? More...
This Day in History

King Abdullah I of Jordan Is Assassinated (1951)

Abdullah I was the king of Jordan from 1946 until his death. With Britain's support, he led Arab revolts against Turkish rule in WWI and, after the Ottoman Empire's collapse, became emir of the British mandate of Transjordan in 1921. When the mandate ended, he became king of the renamed Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. In 1948, he attacked the newly established state of Israel, annexing the portions of Palestine now known as the West Bank. In 1951, he was assassinated in Jerusalem by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Petrarch (1304)

The "Father of Humanism," Petrarch was the greatest scholar of his age. He traveled widely, visiting fellow scholars and searching out manuscripts, and wrote numerous lyrics, sonnets, and canzoni. His awareness of the classical past as a source of literary and philosophical meaning for the present left a lasting influence on European literature and paved the way for the Renaissance. Many of Petrarch's poems are devoted to what woman, who awoke a lasting passion in him on Good Friday in 1327? More...
Quotation of the Day
Are not there little chapters in everybody's life, that seem to be nothing, and yet affect all the rest of the history?

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

a feast for the eyes

An especially attractive, pleasing, and/or remarkable sight or visual experience. More...
Today's Holiday

Dubrovnik Summer Festival (2019)

Centuries of artistic legacy come to life each year in Croatia at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, an international festival of music, dance, and theater. Approximately 80 performances, including opera, ballet, drama, art exhibitions, and poetry readings, are offered during the course of the festival, bringing to life the beautiful Renaissance and Baroque architecture of Dubrovnik. In the early years of the festival, the material was almost exclusively Croatian, but as the years passed, the festival expanded to include classics from the wider European tradition. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: salad

corn salad - A name given to several species of annual herbs sometimes used for salad. More...

fruit cocktail, fruit cup, fruit salad - Fruit cocktail (1922) is a mixture of sliced or diced fruits, and it is synonymous with fruit cup (1931); fruit salad (1861) is a salad composed of fruits. More...

salad days - Those when one is green in judgment, young and inexperienced. More...

salad - A shortened version of Latin herba salata, "salted vegetables," from Latin sal, "salt." More...

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