Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, January 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

teem

Definition:(verb) To be full of things; abound or swarm.
Synonyms:pullulate, swarm
Usage: The street teemed with hundreds of policemen who questioned every potential witness.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Purpose

Adverbs of purpose (sometimes called adverbs of reason) tell us why something happens or is the case. They can modify verbs, adjectives, or adverbs. What parts of speech generally make up adverbs of purpose? More...
Article of the Day

The Alhambra

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex built during the Middle Ages by the Moorish monarchs of Granada. It is the finest example of the once flourishing Moorish civilization's architecture. Its halls and chambers surround a series of open courts, and the interior is adorned with magnificent examples of honeycomb and stalactite vaulting. Detailed geometric designs in marble, alabaster, and carved plaster also decorate the interior. What artist came to study the Alhambra's tiles in 1922? More...
This Day in History

Nazi Officials Decide on "The Final Solution" (1942)

In early 1942, Nazi officials held a conference at Lake Wannsee in Berlin to discuss what "final solution" would be used to eliminate the Jewish population of Europe. On paper, the plan called for gathering Jews into camps for deportation to work details in the East. The official record of the meeting does not mention killing but notes that the "evacuation" was to happen as soon as possible. Who later admitted that the actual conversation at the meeting differed significantly from the record? More...
Today's Birthday

Allan Haines Lockheed (1889)

Though Malcolm and Allan Loughead attended only elementary school, the mechanically gifted brothers built their first airplane in 1913. Malcolm soon left the industry, but Allan persisted. Though several of his aircraft companies failed, his name—with the spelling changed to Lockheed—would eventually be connected to one of the world's largest aerospace manufacturers. Who once turned down a flight in Lockheed's first plane by saying he would not fly in any plane "for all the money in California"? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

receive (one's) just deserts

To receive that which one deserves, especially a punishment or unfavorable outcome. (Note: The phrase is often misspelled as "just desserts," due to the pronunciation of "deserts" and "desserts" being the same in this context.) More...
Today's Holiday

Azerbaijan Day of the Martyrs (2021)

On January 20, 1990, Soviet troops entered the Azerbaijan capital city of Baku to quell protests by Azerbaijani nationals, who were agitating for freedom from Soviet rule. Soviet soldiers were responsible for the deaths of 131 people, and the events have come to be known as "Black January." The national holiday on January 20 honors those who died at the hands of the Soviet troops. Flags are flown at half-mast across the country, and the tragedy is commemorated at Martyrs' Lane, where photographs of the victims decorate the tombstones and the president lays a wreath at the Eternal Fire. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: utterance

dixit - An utterance. More...

affective - Describing the emotional meaning of an utterance. More...

curse - First an utterance of God or other deity. More...

preceding, previous - Preceding means "occurring immediately before the time of the utterance," while previous means "occurring at some time before the utterance." More...

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