Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

burble

Definition:(verb) Flow in an irregular current with a bubbling noise.
Synonyms:guggle, gurgle, ripple, babble
Usage: The brook burbled over the smooth stones, splitting and rejoining as it meandered toward the larger creek.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Primary Auxiliary Verbs

The "primary" auxiliary verbs are "be," "have," and "do"—they occur most commonly in English. What is the emphatic "do"? More...
Article of the Day

Trans-Saharan Trade

Encompassing about 3.5 million sq mi (9 million sq km) of Northern Africa, the Sahara is the largest desert in the world. Nevertheless, humans have maintained trade routes through it for millennia, linking the Mediterranean Sea in the north to various regions in Africa. In its heyday, after the introduction of the camel in the 1st century CE, trans-Saharan trade was principally carried out by Berber-speaking nomads. What mineral still mined today was a major Saharan trade good in ancient times? More...
This Day in History

Last Public Execution in France (1939)

Eugen Weidmann, a convicted thief, kidnapper, and murderer, was the last person to be publicly executed in France. After his arrest, Weidmann confessed to murdering five people and was sentenced to death. Shortly thereafter, he was beheaded by guillotine. The "hysterical behavior" of spectators at the event was so scandalous that French President Albert Lebrun immediately banned all future public executions. Executions by guillotine in France continued in private until what date? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward I of England, AKA Edward Longshanks (1239)

Edward became king upon the death of his father, Henry III, in 1272 but was not crowned until he returned from a crusade two years later. His 35-year reign was characterized by constant warfare, including long and costly campaigns to conquer Wales and Scotland. It was a struggle to fund these endeavors, and he did so, in part, by exploiting the Jews under his rule. Finally, in 1290, he expelled them from England and seized their property. For how long did his Edict of Expulsion remain in effect? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

there and back

Taking the distances to the end point and back to the beginning together as a single sum. More...
Today's Holiday

Iceland Independence Day (2022)

Iceland was proclaimed an independent republic on June 17, 1944. Sometimes referred to as National Day, the anniversary of this event is also the birthday of Jón Sigurdsson, the nation's 19th-century leader. A varied program of parades, speeches, sporting competitions, amusements, and outdoor concerts and shows culminates in the evening with dancing in the streets of Reykjavik and other towns. Another National Day was December 1, the anniversary of the 1918 treaty recognizing Iceland as an independent state under the Danish crown. This is now largely a student celebration. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: thief

jilt - A female accomplice to a thief. More...

furtive - Someone who is furtive literally "carries things away like a thief." More...

ferret - Its name comes from Latin furritus, "little thief"—alluding to the animal's affinity for stealing hens' eggs. More...

thief - Has the underlying meaning of "crouching, furtive person." More...

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