Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 25, 2019)
Word of the Day

synthetic

Definition:(adjective) Not of natural origin; prepared or made artificially.
Synonyms:man-made
Usage: I am a great animal lover and will not even wear synthetic leather for fear that it will be mistaken for the real thing.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Factitive Verbs vs. Causative Verbs

Causative verbs tie a subject to other parts of the sentence that reveal more about the subject. In this way, they serve a similar function to factitive verbs. How do the two types of verbs differ? More...
Article of the Day

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh was the first systematically organized library in West Asia. It was created by Ashurbanipal, the last great Assyrian king, who reigned in the 7th century BCE and controlled most of the then-known world. Excavations at the site have uncovered thousands of clay tablets constituting today's chief source of knowledge about ancient Mesopotamia. The collection includes historical and scientific literature, flood and creation myths, and what famous epic? More...
This Day in History

Uruguay Declares Its Independence from Brazil (1825)

In 1811, José Gervasio Artigas, who would become Uruguay's national hero, launched a successful revolution against the Spanish authorities who ruled a combined Uruguay and Argentina. Ten years later, the eastern province of Uruguay was annexed by Brazil, which was still under Portuguese rule. Brazil became independent from Portugal the following year, and in 1825, Uruguay declared independence from Brazil. Why is the country now called the Oriental Republic of Uruguay? More...
Today's Birthday

Ivan the Terrible (1530)

Ivan IV was the first ruler of Russia to formally assume the title "czar." His early reign saw modernization, expansion, and reform. However, after a near-fatal illness, a failed war against Sweden and Poland, and the death of a wife, Ivan's mental state deteriorated. He withdrew to his personal territory, and his later reign was marked by extreme violence, repression, and tyranny. He rid himself of unwanted wives by forcing them into convents. Why did Ivan murder his son—and only heir—in 1581? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

the honest truth

The sincere, unadulterated truth. More...
Today's Holiday

Schueberfouer (Shepherd's Fair) (2020)

Also known as the Schueberfouer or Schuebermesse, the Shepherd's Fair held in Luxembourg City at the end of August every year dates back to 1340, when it was founded by John the Blind as a market for the wool and sheep merchants of medieval Europe. Today it is geared toward entertainment rather than commerce, with carousels, food stands, and candy booths everywhere. Practically the only remnant of the original fair is the Marche des Moutons (March of the Sheep), a parade of sheep decorated with ribbons and led by shepherds in folkloric costumes. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: profit

Roman holiday - Enjoyment or profit derived from others' discomfort or suffering, based on the gladiator matches enjoyed by ancient Romans. More...

bottom line - A reference to the line at the bottom of a financial statement that shows the profit or balance. More...

improve - First meant "to make a profit for oneself" or "to employ to advantage; to make profitable use of." More...

broker - Originally, a broker or brokour bought wine cheaply in quantity and sold it at a profit; broker came to mean any retailer who did this, or a middleman/agent. More...

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