Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 14, 2022)
Word of the Day

grovel

Definition:(verb) To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
Synonyms:cower, cringe, fawn
Usage: The prisoners groveled before the emperor, hoping that he would commute their sentences.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs vs. Linking Verbs

Linking verbs and factitive verbs both tie a subject to another part of speech that provides more information about it. How do linking verbs differ from factitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Breakers

Built to serve as the summer home of American socialite and businessman Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the Breakers is a 70-room mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The home was constructed in the 1890s at a cost of more than $12 million and is deemed the archetype of the Gilded Age, during which socially ambitious Americans sought to imitate the European aristocracy. Today, it is Rhode Island's most visited attraction. Why did Vanderbilt insist that wood not be used in the Breakers' construction? More...
This Day in History

State of Israel Proclaimed (1948)

In November 1947, the UN approved the Partition Plan for Palestine. Britain had governed Palestine since 1920, but the Partition Plan called for the formation of two states—one Jewish and one Arab—as well as a small, internationally administered zone in formerly British territory. The Arab leadership rejected the plan, but on May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was declared. The next day, five Arab states declared war on Israel. How did the war end? More...
Today's Birthday

George Lucas (1944)

Lucas is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter famous for his epic Star Wars saga and the Indiana Jones film series. Though Lucas has become one of the American film industry's most successful filmmakers, he initially aspired to be a racecar driver. A serious car accident in high school led him to rethink this, and he instead turned to moviemaking, channeling his passion for cars into his 1973 film American Graffiti. What was his first feature-length film? More...
Quotation of the Day
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

a cat nap

A very brief but restful period of sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Liberia National Unification Day (2022)

This annual observance in Liberia draws attention to the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished. Tubman introduced the National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and the country's indigenous people. The anniversary emerged as a means to draw support for the policy. The day reminds Liberians to remember what they hold in common and not to dwell on how they diverge. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ignore

flout, flaunt - Flout means "defy, ignore" and flaunt means "show off." More...

ignore, disregard - Ignore is properly used of things that are present in one's surroundings; for things like rules, conventions, stipulations, and contracts, the right word is disregard. More...

stet - Latin for "let it stand," a notation to ignore a correction made to a text. More...

pretermit - To pass over or ignore something. More...

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