Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 18, 2020)
Word of the Day

merriment

Definition:(noun) High-spirited fun and enjoyment; hilarity.
Synonyms:fun, playfulness
Usage: All merriment was now at an end, and the subsequent discourse consisted only of grave relations of matters of fact.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Categories of Prepositions

Prepositions can be divided into eight categories: time, place, direction or movement, agency, instrument or device, reason or purpose, connection, and origin. However, many prepositions will fall under two or more categories. In that case, how can you determine what type of preposition is being used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Wookey Hole Caves

The Wookey Hole Caves of Southwest England have been visited by humans for some 50,000 years for uses ranging from shelter and burial to aging cheddar cheese. They were not extensively explored until the past century, however, because most of the passages are underwater. Archeologists have since discovered Iron-Age artifacts and evidence of a Romano-British cemetery there. One well-known feature of the caves is the Witch of Wookey Hole, a rock formation supposedly explained by what local legend? More...
This Day in History

Bomb Kills 85, Injures Hundreds at Argentinean Jewish Community Center (1994)

At 200,000, Argentina's Jewish community is the largest in Latin America. Sadly, during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, it became a target. In 1992, the Israeli Embassy was bombed. Two years later, the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association building was bombed, killing 85 and injuring hundreds. Argentine prosecutors have since accused the government of Iran and the Hezbollah militia of carrying out the 1994 attack, but no one has been convicted. Why was Judge Juan José Galeano removed from the case? More...
Today's Birthday

"The Unsinkable" Molly Brown (1867)

Though remembered as a socialite, Brown was actually a working class girl who married a miner. She only became wealthy upon the success of her husband's engineering developments in the mining industry. In the sinking of the Titanic, Brown was lauded for helping to command a lifeboat and search for survivors. For her heroic efforts, she became known as "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." However, she had never been called "Molly" during her lifetime. What did her friends call her? More...
Quotation of the Day
Sweet is the memory of distant friends! Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

look on the sunny side (of life/things)

To view one's life, situation, or circumstances with a generally optimistic and cheerful attitude; to focus on what is positive in life. More...
Today's Holiday

Uruguay Constitution Oath Taking Day (2021)

The country of Uruguay adopted its first constitution on July 18, 1830, shortly after becoming independent in 1828. The 1830 constitution, modeled after the American and French constitutions, created executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Later constitutions checked the powers of the president and provided for a separation of church and state. To commemorate the adoption of Uruguay's first constitution, speeches are given by government officials and a parade featuring a military band, mounted cavalry, and soldiers is held in the capital city of Montevideo. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: manufacture

bar code - Includes code terms for the country of manufacture, the manufacturer, and the type of product—a combination specific enough to ordinarily identify any product. More...

arsenal - From Arabic dar al sindah, meaning "workshop for art, manufacture," it was originally used in English to mean "naval dock" or workshops for making ships and arms. More...

forge - Comes from Latin fabrica, "trade, workshop" or "fabric," and it first meant "smithy" or "manufacture." More...

light industry - The manufacture of small or light articles. More...

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