Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 9, 2022)
Word of the Day

hypocorism

Definition:(noun) A name of endearment; a pet name.
Synonyms:pet name
Usage: "Billy" is a hypocorism for "William."
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Antecedents

Grammatical number in English simply means whether something or someone is singular or plural—that is, is there one of something or someone (singular), or are there more than one (plural)? This is answered by the pronoun's antecedent, which is what? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Sphinx of Giza

Near the pyramids of Giza, you can find the Great Sphinx—a massive statue bearing the head of a man and the body of a lion. It is located on the west bank of the Nile River, near modern-day Cairo, Egypt. The Sphinx is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one of the world's largest single-stone statues. It is believed that the ancient Egyptians built it about 4,500 years ago, possibly in honor of the pharaoh Khafre. What rumors surround the Great Sphinx's missing nose? More...
This Day in History

Richard Nixon Resigns as US President (1974)

In June 1972, five burglars were arrested after breaking into the Democratic Party's national headquarters at the Watergate Hotel complex in Washington, DC. The motive for the break-in remains unknown. Richard Nixon and his aides denied involvement in the scandal, but their cover-up unraveled, and Nixon resigned in order to avoid facing impeachment. His successor, Gerald Ford, issued him a pardon for any crimes he may have committed as president. What was the "Saturday Night Massacre"? More...
Today's Birthday

Adam von Trott zu Solz (1909)

Von Trott was a German lawyer and diplomat who opposed the Nazi regime and used his position to travel to the UK and US seeking support for the resistance. In order to better monitor Nazi activities and party information, von Trott joined the Nazi party. At the same time, he served as a foreign policy advisor to the Kreisau Circle, a clandestine group of intellectuals that worked to disrupt the Nazi regime. Von Trott was hanged in 1944 after being arrested for attempting to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

work the room

To interact with many people at an event or function. Often, but not always, applied to business situations. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa) (2022)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: whip

flail - Based on Latin flagellum, "whip." More...

lash - The flexible part of a whip. More...

scourge - Based on Latin ex-, "thoroughly," and corriga, "whip." More...

crack - The "crack" of a whip is the miniature sonic boom that occurs as the tip breaks the sound barrier. More...

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