Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, May 29, 2022)
Word of the Day

balustrade

Definition:(noun) A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
Synonyms:banister, handrail
Usage: She leaned over the balustrade, trying to see what was happening below.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Constructing Negative Interrogative Sentences

As with all negative sentences, we generally form the negative interrogative by adding the word "not." How do we know where to put "not" in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Hybrid Vehicles

A hybrid vehicle uses multiple energy sources—or propulsion systems—to provide its motive power. Typically, these sources are gasoline and electric batteries. Hybrids have become especially popular in recent years, as they provide greater fuel economy with lower emissions and are thus more environmentally friendly than traditional internal-combustion engine vehicles. What makes hybrid vehicles a greater safety risk to pedestrians and cyclists than conventional vehicles? More...
This Day in History

Charles II of England Restored to Throne (1660)

After Oliver Cromwell's death in 1658, the English republican experiment soon faltered. A strong reaction set in against Puritan supremacy and military control, and opinion favored recalling the exiled king. Charles II was persuaded to issue the Declaration of Breda, granting amnesty to former enemies of the house of Stuart, and return to England. As king, Charles reopened the country's theaters, which Cromwell's Puritanical government had closed, and encouraged what bawdy theatrical genre? More...
Today's Birthday

John F. Kennedy (1917)

A decorated veteran of World War II, Kennedy was the youngest man and first Catholic to be elected US President, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy drafted an ambitious domestic program, but his proposed civil rights legislation languished, and his administration became enmeshed in foreign crises, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, and the Vietnam War. What technological medium is credited with helping Kennedy win the presidency? More...
Quotation of the Day
To him who is in fear everything rustles.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

pound sand

To engage in pointless, menial efforts or labor. Used especially as an imperative to express disdain, contempt, or dismissal. More...
Today's Holiday

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (2022)

This marks the anniversary of the death in 1892 of Mirza Husayn Ali, known as Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i religion. "Ascension" is not meant literally, but is considered the ascension of the spirit. The day is one of nine Baha'i holy days on which work is suspended. It is observed by gathering together at 3:00 a.m., the time of Baha'u'llah's death in Acre, Palestine (now Israel), for prayers and sometimes readings from Baha'i historical works. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: snake

squamous, squamulose - A fish or snake can be squamous or squamulose—covered with minute scales. More...

adder - A snake, it was first "a nadder," which was misanalyzed to "an adder." More...

snark - A blend of snake and shark by Lewis Carroll, it is a synonym for "snore" or "snort." More...

tang - The tongue of a snake. More...

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