Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 1, 2019)
Word of the Day

embroil

Definition:(verb) Force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action.
Synonyms:drag in, sweep up, tangle
Usage: Any hostilities could further embroil UN troops in the fighting.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Imperative Mood

Although we can use the subjunctive mood to express commands or requests, it is becoming less common in modern English. Instead, we usually use the imperative mood to form imperative sentences when we want to issue direct orders, commands, or general instructions. Why is the imperative considered an irrealis mood? More...
Article of the Day

The Belle Époque

French for "beautiful era," the belle époque was a period of relative political stability and artistic and cultural refinement between the late 19th century and the start of WWI, especially in France. The era was viewed as a golden age among European powers, a period characterized by new technologies and luxuries, including changes in transportation, fashion, and the arts. Champagne was perfected during this period, and haute couture was invented. What modernist authors emerged during this era? More...
This Day in History

Germany Invades Poland (1939)

After staging Polish attacks on German forces to create the appearance of Polish aggression, Germany invaded Poland, beginning WWII. Britain and France declared war on Germany two days later, and all the members of the Commonwealth of Nations, with the exception of Ireland, rapidly followed suit. The German blitzkrieg crushed the Polish defenses. Within a month all of Poland was occupied by German forces as well as the forces of what state with whom Germany had just signed a non-aggression pact? More...
Today's Birthday

Rocky Marciano (1923)

Marciano turned to professional boxing in 1947, after failing to become a professional baseball player. On his climb to the heavyweight title, he became the second boxer ever to knock out Joe Louis. He won the title in 1952 and defended it 6 times before retiring. The only heavyweight champion with a perfect professional record, he was undefeated in 49 fights—43 won by knockout. A test of the force of his punch found that it carried enough energy to lift how much weight one foot off the ground? More...
Quotation of the Day
There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them. That's a very comforting thought.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

a bridge too far

An act or plan whose ambition overreaches its capability, resulting in or potentially leading to difficulty or failure. Taken from the 1974 book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan, which details the Allies' disastrous attempts to capture German-controlled bridges in the Netherlands during World War II. More...
Today's Holiday

Uzbekistan Independence Day (2019)

The Republic of Uzbekistan was one of the central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union until 1991, when it and other republics declared their independence from the U.S.S.R. Independence Day, September 1, is celebrated throughout the country with parties, music, and exhibits. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: kick

coup de savate - A kick with the flat of the foot. More...

Gaelic football - A rough, football-like game mainly played in Ireland with 15 players to each side with the object of punching, dribbling, or kicking the ball into a goal. More...

punt, bunt - Punt, as in "kick," may be from bunt, "push," used in baseball to mean "hit the ball softly." More...

kick, punt - The dent in the bottom of a wine or champagne bottle is the kick or punt. More...

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