Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 11, 2017)
Word of the Day

pollinosis

Definition:(noun) A seasonal rhinitis resulting from an allergic reaction to pollen.
Synonyms:hay fever
Usage: It was spring, and, just like the garden, his pollinosis was in full-bloom.
Daily Grammar Lesson

"Could" and Rhetorical Questions

"Could" is sometimes used informally in sarcastic or rhetorical questions that highlight a behavior someone finds irritating, unacceptable, or inappropriate. In these situations, "could" is often (but not always) used with what as a main verb? More...
Article of the Day

The Murders at Wright's Taliesin

Famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright led a turbulent life rife with personal tragedy as well as several failed marriages. In 1909, Wright left his first wife and eloped to Europe with Mamah Cheney, who was also married at the time. When the pair returned to the US, Wright began building a new home, called Taliesin. In August 1914, while Wright was away, one of his workers set fire to Taliesin and murdered 7 people with an axe, including Cheney and her 2 children. Who survived the attack? More...
This Day in History

Japan National Foundation Day (660 BCE)

The Japanese holiday known as Kenkoku Kinen-no-Hi, or National Foundation Day, commemorates the accession to the throne of Jimmu Tenno, the legendary first human emperor of Japan—believed to be a direct descendant of the gods—and founder of the imperial dynasty. In 1872, when the holiday was originally proclaimed, it was called Empire Day. It only came to be known as National Foundation Day when it was brought back in 1966 after having been abandoned for about two decades for what reason? More...
Today's Birthday

Farouk I of Egypt (1920)

Farouk ascended Egypt's throne in 1936, as the country was transitioning from British rule to total independence. His administration was plagued by internal rivalries, but it was his alienation of the military, especially after its loss to Israel in 1948, that brought about his downfall. A 1952 coup led by officer Gamal Abdel Nasser forced Farouk to abdicate. He was briefly succeeded by his infant son, after which Egypt became a republic. What furniture style did the profligate king popularize? More...
Quotation of the Day
To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

poetry in motion

Something that is very elegant, graceful, and/or beautiful to observe, especially dance or the performing arts. More...
Today's Holiday

Iran Victory Day of the Iranian Revolution (2022)

Few world events during the late 20th century were as pivotal as the Iranian Revolution of 1979. On February 1, 1979, Ayatolla Ruhollah Khomeini returned to Iran to claim power after spending 15 years in exile. To memorialize the historic moment, a helicopter drops flowers on the ayatollah's tomb, in the Behesht-e Zahra cemetery south of the capital city of Tehran. For the next 10 days, people attend film screenings, music performances, and exhibitions inspired by the revolution. The celebration on February 11 usually entails a mass rally and military parade in Tehran. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignorant

ignore, ignorant - Ignore and ignorant are from Latin i-, "not," and gno-, "know." More...

nescient - Can mean "ignorant" or "agnostic," coming from Latin ne, "not," and scire, "know." More...

nice, nicety - Nice first meant "foolish, ignorant," derived from Latin nescius, "ignorant"; nicety first meant "stupidity." More...

rude - Derives from Latin rudis, "uncultivated," and first meant "uneducated, ignorant." More...

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