Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 24, 2022)
Word of the Day

recluse

Definition:(noun) A person who withdraws from the world to live in seclusion and often in solitude.
Synonyms:solitudinarian, troglodyte, hermit, solitary
Usage: He was regarded by the townspeople as a recluse, since no one ever saw him receive visitors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Direct Objects and Object Complements

Factitive verbs have both direct objects and object complements. Direct objects are phrases, clauses, nouns, and pronouns that directly receive the action of the verb. What are object complements? More...
Article of the Day

Rasputin

Rasputin was a notorious figure in the court of Czar Nicholas II due to his magnetic personality and relative success in treating the czarevitch's hemophilia. His appointees filled high positions, and those who opposed him were dismissed. A semiliterate peasant, Rasputin gained a reputation as a holy man, preaching a doctrine of salvation that mixed religious fervor with sexual indulgence. In 1916, a group of right-wing patriots plotted to kill him. What happened when they tried to poison him? More...
This Day in History

Sally Ride Returns to Earth (1983)

Before astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to reach outer space, she made a name for herself as a nationally-ranked tennis player. After earning her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, she took part in her first space shuttle mission in 1983, serving on board the Challenger. She later served on the panels that investigated the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters. What two women preceded Ride in space? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Dempsey (1895)

Born in Manassa, Colorado, Dempsey was an American boxer and world heavyweight champion. Nicknamed the "Manassa Mauler," he emerged from fights on saloon floors to seal his slugging reputation in his first title fight by knocking down the gigantic champion, Jess Willard, seven times in the first three minutes. He successfully defended his title five times before losing to Gene Tunney in an upset. What happened during the rematch, and why did it come to be called the "Long Count" bout? More...
Quotation of the Day
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

throw a wobbly

To suddenly become very upset or intensely angry and make a big display of it. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Inti Raymi Fiesta (2022)

The Inti Raymi Festival is an ancient Winter Solstice festival celebrated by the Incas in Peru on June 24. The original Inti Raymi involved animal sacrifices performed at the top of La Marca when the sun reached its zenith. Today the main celebration takes place in Cuzco, where there is a special procession and mock sacrifice to the sun, followed by a week-long celebration involving folkloric dances and regional arts and crafts displays. Bonfires are still lit in the Andes Mountains to celebrate the rebirth of the sun, and people burn their old clothes as a way of marking the end of the harvest cycle. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stalk

stipe - A stalk or stem of a seaweed, fungus, or fern frond. More...

cranberry - First crane berry, so named because the plant grows on a stalk that looks like a crane's neck. More...

spire - In Old English, it meant "stalk" or "stem." More...

stalk - In a car, the flexible arm holding the mounting by which a seatbelt is secured. More...

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