Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020)
Word of the Day

stalking-horse

Definition:(noun) Something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason.
Synonyms:pretext
Usage: Steve said he needed a book from the library, but that was just a stalking-horse to talk to the girl who worked behind the counter.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How Adverbial Nouns Modify Verbs

Adverbial nouns are nouns or noun phrases that function grammatically as adverbs to modify verbs and certain adjectives. They act as an adverb to modify the verb with an aspect of time, distance, weight, age, or monetary value. What is the adverbial noun in the following sentence? "I am leaving tomorrow." More...
Article of the Day

Airship Pioneer David Schwarz

Though most people associate the invention of the dirigible with German inventor Ferdinand von Zeppelin, it was Schwarz, a Croatian wood merchant, who designed the first rigid airship. His first model collapsed upon inflation, but in 1897, his second prototype flew briefly. Its frame was built of aluminum, a relatively new material at that time. Sadly, Schwarz never saw his creation airborne—he died before its maiden flight. Why do some believe that Zeppelin's design was based on Schwarz's work? More...
This Day in History

Archbishop Óscar Romero Assassinated in San Salvador (1980)

As the archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's civil war, Romero won international acclaim by speaking out against social injustices, such as human rights abuses and assassinations perpetrated by the Salvadoran government. Just one day after Romero publicly exhorted Salvadoran soldiers to obey God instead of their corrupt government, he was shot to death while celebrating Mass. What unprecedented confession did the president of El Salvador make on the 30th anniversary of Romero's death? More...
Today's Birthday

Olive Schreiner (1855)

Schreiner was a South African author and feminist. Though she had no formal education, she read widely and developed a keen intellect and militantly feminist and liberal views. In 1883, she published her famed semiautobiographical novel, The Story of an African Farm, about a girl who lives on an isolated farm and struggles to attain independence in the face of rigid Boer social conventions. Under what pseudonym did Schreiner publish this text, arguably the first great South African novel? More...
Quotation of the Day
Man sheds his grief as his skin sheds rain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

let (the) perfect be the enemy of (the) good

To allow the demand, desire, or insistence for perfection to decrease the chances of obtaining a good or favorable result in the end. (Usually used in the negative as an imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

Argentina National Day of Memory for Truth and Justice (2021)

This is a public holiday in Argentina that commemorates all those who lost their lives or otherwise suffered under the National Reorganization Process, a military dictatorship that seized power in Argentina on March 24, 1976. The junta held power for eight years, and in that time, at least 30,000 citizens were kidnapped, tortured, and executed for their political views. Around the country, art exhibitions, poetry readings, prayer services, and other cultural events are dedicated to remembering the events of March 24 and its aftermath. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: obligation

obstriction - An obligation. More...

convert into, convert to - Convert into means to change from one thing to another; convert to means to switch allegiance, loyalty, or obligation. More...

delinquent - Literally "completely having left" one's duty or obligation. More...

likely, liable - Use likely if you mean "probable, expected"; use liable if you mean "bound by law or obligation." More...

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