Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 26, 2021)
Word of the Day

symposiarch

Definition:(noun) The person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet.
Synonyms:toastmaster
Usage: As head of the committee hosting the event, my father was the symposiarch and ushered each speaker onstage with a few introductory remarks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adverbs

There is a general order in which the different categories of adverbs should appear—this is known as the order of adverbs (or the royal order of adverbs). What type of adverb is typically used first in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Siraitia grosvenorii: Longevity Fruit

While empirical studies have yet to show that the fruit of the Siraitia grosvenorii vine extends life, anecdotal evidence—the sheer number of centenarians living in Guangxi, China, where the plant is primarily cultivated—has led some to draw this conclusion. Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat things like heat stroke and sore throats, the fruit only recently caught the attention of Western scientists. What have studies of its medicinal properties shown thus far? More...
This Day in History

Coronation of Czar Nicholas II (1896)

Nicholas II was the last czar of Russia. With little training in state affairs, Nicholas proved to be a charming but ineffective and easily swayed ruler. His reign was marked by defeat in the Russo-Japanese War, the 1905 Revolution, the court influence of the unpopular Rasputin, involvement in World War I, and governmental incompetence—all of which helped precipitate the Revolution of 1917. Forced to abdicate, he and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. When was his body found? More...
Today's Birthday

Miles Davis (1926)

Rising to prominence with the birth of modern jazz in the mid-1940s, when he was a sideman in Charlie Parker's bop quintet, Davis became a dominant force in jazz trumpet. He was influential in the development of "cool" jazz, led many small groups through the 1950s and 60s, and produced a successful blend of jazz and rock music in the 1970s and 80s. His trumpet and flügelhorn styles were warmly lyrical and marked by a brilliant use of mutes. How old was Davis when he began to study music? More...
Quotation of the Day
In the sun-time, when the world is bounding forward full of life, we cannot stay to sigh and sulk ... but if the misfortune comes at 10PM, we read poetry or sit in the dark and think what a hollow world this is.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

Guyana Independence Day (2022)

This public holiday marks Guyana's independence from Britain on this day in 1966. Republic Day, or Mashramani, is another national holiday, commemorating February 23, 1970, when Guyana became a republic. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rights

charter - Confers powers and rights from the state or an organization to people, local chapters, or corporations. More...

devolution - A passing down from stage to stage or the passing of property, rights, or authority from one person to another; it implies moving backward. More...

perk - A special privilege or right, it is an abbreviation of perquisite. More...

prejudice - Originally meant harm or injury caused to a person resulting from a disregard for their rights; it is from Latin, meaning "to judge beforehand." More...

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