Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

calamitous

Definition:(adjective) Having extremely unfortunate or dire consequences; bringing ruin.
Synonyms:disastrous, fatal, fateful, black
Usage: Sire, I ask your majesty's pardon for the calamitous news which I bring.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses that are joined using a conjunction and/or punctuation. How can we determine if two clauses can be joined in a compound sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Punjabi

Punjabi is an Indo-European language spoken in the Punjab regions of Pakistan and India, where there are 80 and 30 million speakers, respectively. Unlike other Indo-European languages, it is tonal, meaning Punjabi words have high or low tones permanently associated with them. Punjabi is the preferred language of the Sikhs, and it is the usual language of Bhangra music, popular in South Asia and abroad. What are the main dialects of Punjabi? More...
This Day in History

Alcoholics Anonymous Founded (1935)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international organization dedicated to helping alcoholics stop drinking and maintain their sobriety. It functions through local groups that meet regularly and emphasizes a 12-step recovery program that includes acknowledgment of the problem, faith in a "higher power," and a desire to change for the better and to help others recover. Founded in 1935 by two alcoholics, today AA has more than ninety thousand local groups around the globe and how many members? More...
Today's Birthday

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921)

Philip is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, who was a great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria, he was raised in Britain and served in combat with the Royal Navy in World War II. In 1947, he became a British subject and renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones. He married Princess Elizabeth in 1947 and continued on active service in the navy until her accession to the throne in 1952. Who is their son? More...
Quotation of the Day
You perceive the force of a word. He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense...Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

be home and hosed

To have successfully completed something, as a project or activity. Primarily heard in Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Children's Day (United States) (2018)

Many countries have set aside a day on which children are allowed to participate in church services, in government, and in various cultural and recreational activities. In the United States, Children's Day was first celebrated in June 1856 at the Universalist Church in Chelsea, Massachusetts. By 1868 its date had been set on a nationwide basis as the second Sunday in June. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spotted

cheetah - Taken from Sanskrit citraka, "leopard," related to citra, "spotted, speckled, variegated." More...

fleck - Of Scandinavian origin, it came from the adjective flecked, "spotted." More...

piebald, skewbald - Piebald is being spotted with irregular patches of different colors, especially black and white; skewbald is spotted white and a color other than black. More...

pinto - As in horse and beans, it is Spanish for "painted, mottled, spotted." More...

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