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

Forming the Past Perfect Continuous

To form the past perfect continuous, we use "had been" + the present participle of the main verb. It is nearly identical in structure to the present perfect continuous tense, except for what? 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

The Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

Early in the American Revolution and soon after the battles of Lexington and Concord, colonial troops laid siege to Boston. When they began occupying hills overlooking the city, newly reinforced British troops attacked. After two failed assaults, a third charge dislodged the Americans, who had run out of gunpowder. Though the British technically won, their unexpectedly heavy casualties were a psychological blow, and American morale soared. On what hill was the battle actually fought—and why? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles François Gounod (1818)

Gounod was French composer who also studied for the priesthood and worked as an organist. Throughout his life, he remained torn between the theatre and the church. His reputation largely rests on his hugely popular 1859 opera, Faust, but he also wrote 15 lesser-known operas, 17 masses, more than 150 songs, and two symphonies. One of his short pieces, "Funeral March of a Marionette," became well-known—albeit not by name—as the theme to what popular TV show beginning in the 1950s? More...
Quotation of the Day
Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Idiom of the Day

here you are

Here is what you needed or asked for; I present this to you. More...
Today's Holiday

Broadstairs Dickens Festival (2020)

This nine-day festival commemorating the 19th-century novelist Charles Dickens and his association with the English town of Broadstairs features a play adapted from a different Dickens novel each year. The actors are members of the Broadstairs Dickens Players' Society, and they spend about eight months preparing for their June performance. During the festival, the entire town is transformed: people wander through the streets in Dickensian costumes, play croquet and other games popular during the 19th century, and attend bathing parties and social events with a Victorian theme. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rivers

Mesopotamia - Translates to "area or country between two rivers"—the Tigris and the Euphrates. More...

potamology - The science of rivers. More...

fluminous, potamic - Two words meaning "pertaining to rivers" are fluminous and potamic. More...

watersmeet - A junction of two rivers. More...

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