Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

gambit

Definition:(noun) A maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage.
Synonyms:tactic, move, policy, scheme, strategy, trick, device, ploy
Usage: They said the plan was no more than a clever political gambit.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Major and Minor Sentences (Regular and Irregular Sentences)

A major sentence is any complete sentence that contains an independent clause. Minor sentences do not have both a subject and a complete predicate. What are word sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Etruscan Mythology

Etruscan civilization reached its height in the 6th century BCE in what is now Italy, and much of its religion was later adopted by the Romans. Famous for divination, the Etruscans believed that the will of the gods was present in every aspect of nature and looked for divine signs everywhere, including in lightning, the livers of sacrificed animals, and the flight of birds. What example did the Roman philosopher Seneca use to illustrate the different religious approaches of Romans and Etruscans? More...
This Day in History

Nine-Year-Old Cynthia Ann Parker Kidnapped by Comanches (1836)

Parker was a young girl when Comanches raided Fort Parker—located in what is now Texas—and massacred its inhabitants, capturing her in the process. Raised by her captors, she was adopted into the tribe and went on to bear the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. At first, Quanah led raids on frontier settlements, but after his defeat and surrender, he learned to live alongside his white neighbors and eventually became the richest Native American in the US. What became of his mother? More...
Today's Birthday

Lorraine Hansberry (1930)

At just 29 years of age, African-American playwright Lorraine Hansberry secured her place in theatrical history when she became the first black woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her acclaimed A Raisin in the Sun, a penetrating psychological study of a working-class African-American family in Chicago, was inspired in part by the discrimination and legal battle Hansberry's own family faced upon buying a home in a white Chicago neighborhood. Whose poem gave rise to the play's title? More...
Quotation of the Day
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

kick the tires

To inspect or test something or someone to ensure that he, she, or it meets the required or expected standard of quality. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More...
Today's Holiday

Ho Chi Minh's Birthday (2021)

Often referred to as the "father of modern Vietnam," Ho Chi Minh spearheaded the Vietnamese revolt against French and Japanese occupation. In 1954, after the French and Japanese left, the United States entered the scene, and it was during this struggle that Ho Chi Minh died in 1969. In 1975, North and South Vietnam united into the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. On Ho Chi Minh's birthday each year, people hold parades in cities, carrying posters depicting him. Many women wear the áo dài, traditional Vietnamese dress. Speeches about Ho Chi Minh often follow the parades. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: touching

adjoining - Implies meeting and touching at some point or line. More...

tact, taction - Tact first referred to the sense of touch, from Latin tactus, "touch, sense of touch"; taction is the action of touching. More...

contact - Its underlying notion is "touching," from Latin tangere, "touch." More...

attinge, attingent - To attinge is to touch or come into contact with; attingent is touching or being in contact. More...

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