Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 3, 2016)
Word of the Day

haversack

Definition:(noun) A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike.
Synonyms:backpack, knapsack
Usage: She carried the heavy haversack for most of the hike.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Intensive Pronouns

Intensive pronouns add emphasis to the sentence by reiterating the subject (known as the pronoun’s antecedent). When an intensive pronoun is used to add emphasis, where is it generally placed in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Nori: Vegetable of the Sea

Nori is the Japanese name for an edible, dried preparation of red algae of the genus Porphyra. It is farmed in the sea, where Porphyra plants grow attached to nets suspended at the sea's surface. Farmers operate from boats and use mechanical harvesters to collect their crops. The nori sheets are then produced in a process that is quite similar to papermaking and involves a shredding and rack-drying process. This “sea vegetable” is commonly used in the preparation of what foods? More...
This Day in History

Oscar Wilde's Libel Case Begins (1895)

When the marquess of Queensbury became convinced that his son, Alfred Douglas, was having an affair with Wilde, he began to rail against the author and playwright, publicly accusing Wilde of sodomy, a crime at the time. At Douglas's urging, Wilde sued the marquess for libel. He not only lost the case, but was in turn charged with homosexual offenses and arrested. Wilde was convicted in an internationally notorious trial and served two years hard labor. What did he write while in prison? More...
Today's Birthday

George Herbert (1593)

Herbert was a British metaphysical poet, ordained priest and rector, and Cambridge University orator. His poetry was entirely unpublished at the time of his death and was bequeathed to Nicholas Ferrar, who had the collection published as The Temple in 1633. The poems concern personal, doctrinal, and ritual matters and are noted for their mastery of metrical form, use of allegory and analogy, and religious devotion. Some are pattern poems, in which the lines form what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The bow cannot always stand bent, nor can human frailty subsist without some lawful recreation.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

have had (one's) chips

To be defeated; to fail completely; to die or be killed. A reference to chips (small plastic disks) used to make wagers when gambling. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2016)

For over 25 years (1958-1984), a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré ruled the small West African nation of Guinea. After Touré's death, there was a bloodless coup on April 3, 1984. This ushered in what many Guineans refer to as the Second Republic, led by Lansana Conté. The observation of Second Republic Day is largely orchestrated by the government. In honor of the coup's 24th anniversary in 2008, Conté and Guinean prime minister Lansana Kouyate were guests of honor at a wreath-laying ceremony at a martyrs' memorial located in the center of Conakry, the capital city. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pond

lake - First meant pool or pond. More...

nursery - Can be a pond in which fry are reared. More...

tank - May have come from Gujarati tanku, or Marathi tanke, "underground cistern," from Sanskrit tadaga, "pond." More...

pond - To pond is to accumulate water in a pond, which is really a small lake. More...

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