Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 13, 2020)
Word of the Day

perjury

Definition:(noun) Criminal offense of making false statements under oath.
Synonyms:bearing false witness, lying under oath
Usage: After evidence of my innocence came to light, the so-called witness who testified against me was arrested on charges of perjury.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Case

When a personal pronoun is acting as the subject of a verb, it is said to be in the subjective case. A personal pronoun is in the objective case when it is a direct or indirect object of a verb. What is the genitive case? More...
Article of the Day

Alexander Chavchavadze

Born in 1786, Chavchavadze was a Georgian poet, military leader, and aristocrat who was an immensely influential figure in Georgian literature. Despite his military service to the Russian empire, Chavchavadze was a Georgian nationalist who wrote nostalgic poems about his homeland. He supported an 1832 plot aimed at organizing an uprising against the Russian authority in Georgia. When it failed, he was exiled, but he was later pardoned. What unfortunate accident brought about his untimely demise? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Custom may lead a man into many errors; but it justifies none.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Avening Pig Face Day (2020)

A number of explanations have been offered for the custom of eating pig's face sandwiches on the Sunday nearest Holy Cross Day (September 14) in the Cotswold village of Avening, England. One involves Matilda of Flanders (d. 1083), the wife of William the Conqueror. She built a church there that was completed on September 14, and the Queen is said to have held a boar's head dedication feast. Today there is an evening anniversary service, after which the villagers participate in an 11th-century banquet headed by Queen Matilda and other historic characters in period costume. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: luxury

voluptuary - One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure. More...

deluxe - Once two words, it is French for "of luxury." More...

eadness - Happiness derived from luxury and wealth. More...

luxury - Once a word for "lechery, lasciviousness." More...

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