Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 3, 2022)
Word of the Day

contretemps

Definition:(noun) An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence.
Synonyms:mishap, predicament, calamity
Usage: His cross-country tour had its full share of comic contretemps.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements and Sentence Placement

Adverbial complements always appear after the verb they complement. If the verb is intransitive, the complement will appear directly after the verb. If the verb is transitive, where will the complement appear? More...
Article of the Day

Starbucks

The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle in 1971 by two teachers and a writer who wanted to sell high-quality coffee beans and machines. Today, there are about 8,569 locations worldwide. Starbucks' immense popularity has sparked controversy, with some criticizing its fair-trade policies, labor relations, and environmental impact, and holding it as a paragon of what they see as US cultural and economic imperialism. What are the origins of the Starbucks name and logo? More...
This Day in History

Stalin Appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party (1922)

After the October Revolution of 1917, Stalin began to emerge as a leader within the new Russian regime. He became one of Lenin's top aides and was appointed general secretary of the Communist Party in 1922. Although Lenin expressed misgivings about Stalin's use of power and recommended his removal, Stalin maintained his position and went on to take control of the USSR following Lenin's death. Born Joseph Dzhugashvili, he adopted the surname Stalin in 1913. What does the name mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Helmut Kohl (1930)

Kohl was chancellor of West Germany from 1982 until 1990, when he became the first chancellor of a reunified Germany, serving in that capacity until 1998. The conservative chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) led his party to two convincing victories in West Germany in the 1980s. During his administration, West Germany prospered and became increasingly influential in world affairs. Kohl's reputation was severely tarnished by what financial scandal that came to light in 1999? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

sleep like a baby

To experience a very deep and restful sleep; to sleep soundly. More...
Today's Holiday

Guinea Second Republic Day (2022)

Guinea was ruled by a dictatorship led by Sekou Touré, who ruled the small West African nation for over 25 years (1958-1984). 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: steer

coxswain - Originally a servant (swain) whose job it was to steer a boat (cock or cockboat). More...

govern - From Greek kubernan, "to steer." More...

con - To con a ship is to steer it; to con is also "to learn by heart or study attentively." More...

helm - A nautical term meaning "to steer." More...

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