Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 10, 2018)
Word of the Day

mastermind

Definition:(verb) Plan and direct (a complex undertaking).
Synonyms:engineer, orchestrate, organize, direct
Usage: The finance minister will continue to mastermind economic reform.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Finite and Non-finite Verbs

Finite verbs have subjects and indicate grammatical tense, person, and number. Non-finite verbs do not have tenses or subjects that they correspond to. What are some examples of non-finite verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Mungo Man

The Mungo Man was an early human inhabitant of Australia discovered at Lake Mungo in New South Wales, Australia, in 1974, when shifting sand dunes exposed his remains. Although his exact age is a matter of debate, he is believed by many to have lived approximately 40,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene epoch—making his remains the oldest anatomically modern human remains found in Australia to date. What is significant about the method of his burial? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Tours (732 CE)

In 661 CE, the first Islamic dynasty rose to prominence and sought to extend its power. The Muslims, seeking control of Aquitaine, were met by Charles Martel's Frankish forces, who were able to halt them at the Battle of Tours. It was not a decisive victory, but the Arabs retreated after their leader was killed, and some historians deem it a watershed moment in preserving Christianity in Europe. The battle greatly enhanced Martel's prestige at the time. What nickname was bestowed on him? More...
Today's Birthday

R. K. Narayan (1906)

A leading figure of early Indian literature in English, Narayan first came to international attention in 1935, with the publication of his first novel Swami and Friends. This book and many of his later novels and short stories are set in the fictional town of Malgudi and give readers a witty, vital, and perceptive glimpse of village life in South India, where modern life and tradition often clash. Narayan also penned several nonfiction works and modern prose versions of what Indian epics? More...
Quotation of the Day
All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

a mother hen

A person who looks out for the welfare of others, especially to a fussy, intrusive, or overprotective degree. More...
Today's Holiday

Double Tenth Day (2021)

Double Tenth Day is a national holiday in Taiwan to commemorate the Chinese Revolution of October 10, 1911. The revolt marked the end of the Ching, or Qing, Dynasty that had been established in 1644 by the Manchus, and it led to the founding of the Republic of China on January 1, 1912. For several weeks before Double Tenth Day, the plaza in front of the Presidential Office Building in Taipei is illuminated. Celebrations include massive parades and rallies, displays of martial arts, folk dancing, and other cultural activities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sailors

hurrah, hurray, hooray - Hurrah, hurray, and hooray are alterations of huzza, a sailor's cheer. More...

jumper - First a loose jacket worn by sailors, from jump, "a short coat." More...

put through the hoop - An ancient marine phrase for a punishment for sailors involving an iron hoop. More...

smart money - A phrase meaning money bet by those in the know, originating in 1926; earlier than that, it meant "money paid to sailors, soldiers, workers, etc., who have been disabled while on the job." More...

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