Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

embitter

Definition:(verb) Cause to be bitter or resentful.
Synonyms:acerbate, envenom
Usage: He would not let this bad experience embitter him and resolved to maintain a positive outlook on life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Middle Voice

The so-called middle voice is an approximate type of grammatical voice in which the subject both performs and receives the action expressed by the verb. Middle voice and active voice use the same verb structure in a sentence, so how can we distinguish between the two? More...
Article of the Day

The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate was a massive entryway built in the ancient city of Babylon around 575 BCE by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II. Named for the goddess Ishtar—an ancient fertility deity and the most widely worshiped goddess in Babylon—the gate was more than 38 feet (12 m) high and adorned with images of 575 dragons and bulls in 13 rows. Through the gate ran the stone- and brick-paved Processional Way, lined with 120 brick lions. Where is there a reproduction of the Ishtar Gate? More...
This Day in History

South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Steve Biko Dies in Police Custody (1977)

A former medical student, Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa in 1968 to combat racism and apartheid. He was officially "banned" by the South African government in 1973 and was arrested several times in the years that followed. Arrested for the last time in 1977, he was tortured and beaten to death in police custody, prompting international protests and a UN arms embargo. Twenty years later, five former policemen admitted killing him. Why were they never prosecuted? More...
Today's Birthday

Maurice Chevalier (1888)

Chevalier was a French actor, singer, and vaudeville entertainer known for his trademark tuxedo and straw hat. While a prisoner of war during World War I, Chevalier studied English. After the war, he began acting in the US, where he appeared in movies that helped establish the musical as a film genre. Though he put on a heavy French accent while performing in English, he actually spoke the language quite fluently with only a subtle accent. Why did his popularity dwindle during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
I forget who it was that recommended men for their soul's good to do each day two things they disliked: it was a wise man, and it is a precept that I have followed scrupulously; for every day I have got up and I have gone to bed.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

make the world go round

To be of critical or integral importance to the ordinary operation of life or the world at large. (Sometimes used hyperbolically.) More...
Today's Holiday

Bad Durkheim Wurstmarkt (2021)

Although called Bad Durkheim Wurstmarkt, or Sausage Fair, this is actually Germany's biggest wine festival—the name is said to have originated about 150 years ago because of the immense amounts of sausage consumed. The opening day of the festival features a concert and a procession of bands, vineyard proprietors, and tapsters of the tavern stalls with decorated wine floats. The following days are a medley of fireworks, band playing, dancing, and singing through the night. Wine is served in glasses called Schoppen that hold about a pint. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shaking

pulsatilla - Can refer to the shaking of a flower in the wind. More...

quassation - The act or process of being shaken or shaking. More...

concussion - Its underlying etymological notion is of "violent shaking," from Latin concutere, "shake violently." More...

Shaker - The Shakers got their name from the shaking and convulsive movements they made during worship. More...

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