Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

baccarat

Definition:(noun) A card game in which the winner is the player who holds two or three cards totaling closest to nine.
Synonyms:chemin de fer
Usage: Because baccarat attracts wealthy players who place enormous bets, a casino can win or lose millions of dollars a night on the game.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Relative Clauses

Relative clauses (also known as adjective clauses or adjectival clauses) are dependent clauses that provide descriptive information about a noun or noun phrase. What introduces a relative clause? More...
Article of the Day

Proteus

Proteus is an early sea-god of Greek mythology, an old man whose responsibilities include tending to Poseidon's seals. Though he is said to have the gift of prophecy, Proteus goes to go to great lengths to avoid disclosing this knowledge and only does so if trapped. A shape-shifter, he evades capture by changing his appearance. For this reason, the adjective "protean"—meaning "versatile" or "capable of assuming many forms"—is derived from his name. Who captures Proteus in Homer's Odyssey? More...
This Day in History

Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs Signed (1961)

In 1961, representatives from 73 nations met at United Nations headquarters to draft an international treaty to fight the production, trade, and use of illegal drugs. Their comprehensive convention replaced a prior patchwork of treaties and was entered into force in 1964. It was amended in 1972 and now has more than 180 signatories. Despite its sweeping breadth, the document contains a significant ambiguity that has been interpreted differently by various nations. What is it? More...
Today's Birthday

Eric Patrick Clapton (1945)

Considered to be one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Clapton took up the instrument as a teen and went on to play in a succession of critically acclaimed blues and rock bands, such as the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, and Cream. He is the recipient of 17 Grammy awards and is a three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the early 70s, he spent several years in seclusion battling a heroin addiction. What famous rock guitarist helped launch Clapton's comeback? More...
Quotation of the Day
The characteristic of coquettes is affectation governed by whim.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

have a thing for (something)

To have a very keen or particular interest in something; to really like or enjoy something. More...
Today's Holiday

Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day (2020)

This national holiday, instituted in 1996, honors an African-American religious sect once outlawed in Trinidad and Tobago. The Spiritual Baptists originally came to the islands as former American slaves. Their style of worship combines African and Baptist beliefs and practices, and services include bell ringing and shouting. In 1917, the government forbade the group from practicing their religion; this law was overturned in 1951. Their holiday honors the Spiritual Baptists' long struggle against religious persecution. It is observed with speeches and religious services. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lay

lay - As in layperson, it derives from Greek laikos, "of the people"—as opposed to clerics. More...

nest egg - Poultry farmers formerly placed a porcelain or other fake egg in a hen's nest to encourage it to lay more eggs—from this came nest egg, money saved to encourage the making of more. More...

lay, lie - To lay is to place something; to lie is to recline. More...

oviposit - To lay an egg. More...

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