Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

twaddle

Definition:(verb) Speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly.
Synonyms:blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, gabble, gibber, clack, maunder, chatter
Usage: The two teens twaddled about what they had eaten for lunch that day until the teacher tersely told them to pay attention.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Degree

Adverbs of degree are used to indicate the intensity, degree, or extent of the verb, adjective, or adverb they are modifying. Where do they always appear in relation to the part of speech they describe? More...
Article of the Day

Joachim Murat

Murat distinguished himself as a daring cavalry commander while serving with Napoleon Bonaparte in Italy and Egypt and later aided Napoleon in his 1799 coup d'état. The next year, he married Napoleon's sister Caroline and in 1808 was chosen to succeed Joseph Bonaparte as king of Naples. He continued his military leadership as well, but after Napoleon's fall, he fled to Corsica. When he tried to regain his throne, he was captured and executed. What were his instructions to the firing squad? More...
This Day in History

Grand National Assembly of Turkey Is Founded (1920)

The treaty negotiated between the Allies and the Ottoman Empire at the end of WWI liquidated the Ottoman Empire and virtually abolished Turkish sovereignty, but nationalists under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk were committed to establishing a sovereign Turkish state. During the struggle for independence, Atatürk pushed for the creation of a national assembly, which declared itself the supreme governing power when convened in 1920. When did it formally declare the sovereignty of Turkey? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Planck (1858)

Planck was an influential German physicist whose work on black body radiation earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He also discovered the elementary quantum of action, now known as Planck's constant. As the influential president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society, he denounced Hitler's persecution of Jewish scientists and resigned in protest in 1937. Tragically, four of Planck's five children died before he did. One of his sons was executed after being implicated in what plot? More...
Quotation of the Day
Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

have the feel of (something)

To have a general sense of how to do or use something or how something operates; to be familiar with something. More...
Today's Holiday

First Day of Summer in Iceland (2020)

In Iceland the First Day of Summer is second in importance only to Christmas and New Year's Day. It is a legal holiday observed on the Thursday between April 19 and April 25, a time of year that marks the end of the long northern winter. Special foods associated with the First Day of Summer include flat rye breads up to a foot in diameter, on top of which the day's share of food for each person would be piled. Since the turn of the century it has also been a popular day for young people to give speeches, poetry readings and dramatic performances, or to engage in singing, dancing, and sports. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: observation

sight - A measurement or observation taken with an optical device. More...

auspice - Originally denoted the observation of bird flight as a form of divination. More...

noegenesis - The generating or obtaining of new knowledge from experience through observation and the inferring of relations. More...

contemplate, contemplation - The base of contemplate and comtemplation is Latin templum, "open space for observation." More...

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