Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 11, 2022)
Word of the Day

bravado

Definition:(noun) Defiant or swaggering behavior.
Synonyms:bluster
Usage: In a moment it was hand-to-hand fighting, and Trent was cursing already the bravado which had brought him out to the open.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Comma

The comma ( , ) is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in English. Generally speaking, commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what? More...
Article of the Day

Stockholm Syndrome

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which a hostage begins to identify with and grow sympathetic to their captor. Patty Hearst is a famous example of a person who suffered from this syndrome when she was kidnapped in the 1970's and, subsequently, partnered with her captors in a bank robbery. The syndrome is named after what event? More...
This Day in History

Bureau of Indian Affairs Created (1824)

Though the Bureau of Indian Affairs was given jurisdiction over trade with Native Americans and was responsible for protecting them from exploitation, it had little success safeguarding Native American rights and, instead, evolved primarily into a land-administering agency. It now acts as trustee over Native American funds and lands, promotes development, and provides Native Americans with various social services. How was the Bureau involved in a class-action lawsuit against the US government? More...
Today's Birthday

Rupert Murdoch (1931)

Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company, but it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch's News Corporation are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York Post, TV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the US. What scandal rocked Murdoch's company in 2011? More...
Quotation of the Day
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

ride the rail(s)

To travel on a vehicle mounted on rails (especially a train or streetcar). More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Restoration of Statehood Day (2022)

Lithuania had been independent for only 12 years when the Soviets occupied the country in 1940. The people voted for self-rule in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the USSR on March 11, 1990. Restoration of Statehood Day is an official holiday in Lithuania. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: observer

camera lucida - An optical device consisting of an attachment that enables an observer to view simultaneously the image and a drawing surface for sketching it. More...

horoscope - Comes from Greek hora, "hour, time," and skopos, "observer." More...

obverse - Its first meaning was "turned towards or facing the observer." More...

zenith, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below. More...

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