Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 5, 2019)
Word of the Day

skullduggery

Definition:(noun) Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
Synonyms:hanky panky, hocus-pocus, jiggery-pokery, slickness, trickery
Usage: No one trusted Glenn enough to invest in his new business venture, as he had a history of skullduggery.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Order of Adjectives

In English, the order of adjectives can sometimes be flexible, but most of the time we use a very specific order. To avoid unnatural-sounding sentences, what types of adjectives are used first? More...
Article of the Day

The Augsburg Confession

The Augsburg Confession is the basic doctrinal statement of Lutheranism, written primarily by German theologian Philipp Melanchthon, a close friend and defender of Martin Luther. It was intended as a working document for negotiations aimed at reconciliation between Lutherans and Catholics. It came, however, to be seen as the crucial expression of Lutheran beliefs. It was presented to Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, at a time when he was facing what military threat? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Wagram Begins (1809)

The two-day Battle of Wagram signaled the end of the 1809 War of the Fifth Coalition between the kingdoms of Austria and France. Due to the battle's then-unprecedented use of artillery, both sides suffered tens of thousands of casualties. The Austrians were broken by the battle. Napoleon's victory forced Archduke Charles of Austria to accept unfavorable armistice conditions, stripping Austria of land and subjects. The battle might have ended differently if who had shown up in time? More...
Today's Birthday

David Glasgow Farragut (1801)

Adopted by a naval officer as a child, Farragut began his naval career as a midshipman at age nine. During the US Civil War, he ran his ships past Confederate forts to capture New Orleans. The victory earned him a prominent place in the Union navy. He was again promoted in 1864, after leading a successful assault on a heavily mined Confederate port. Famously, upon losing a ship during the attack, he allegedly cried out "Damn the torpedoes–full speed ahead!" What naval rank was created for him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every tale must end at last.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

hold that thought

An expression used to interrupt someone mid-speech and indicate that one's attention is being or about to be diverted. More...
Today's Holiday

Beiteddine Festival (2020)

The Beiteddine Festival, held in a magnificent 200-year-old palace in this town in the Chouf region of Lebanon, has presented world-class offerings in the arts since 1985. Organizers defied the struggles of Lebanon's civil war by staging this celebration of human culture. Many performers are Lebanese, but artists from around the world also are invited. The 2001 festival, for example, included a concert by Elton John, a production of Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, and Turkish folk musician Kudsi Erguner, as well as a performance by the Lebanese singer Fairouz. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: stranger

extranean - An outsider or stranger, a person not belonging to a household. More...

barbarian - Based on Greek barbaros, "stranger" or "enemy." More...

stranger - Originally a foreigner, from Old French estrangier, from Latin extraneus, "person outside." More...

pilgrim - Its basic meaning was "traveler, homeless wanderer," from Latin peregrinum, "foreigner, stranger." More...

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