Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

swarm

Definition:(verb) Move in large numbers.
Synonyms:pour, pullulate, teem, stream
Usage: A crowd of people swarmed out of the theater after the show and congregated beside the stage door to meet the exiting actors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs in the Middle of the Second Clause

Conjunctive adverbs must appear in the second of the two clauses that are connected. While they often appear at the beginning of the second clause, they can actually be moved around within it. If we place the conjunctive adverb in the middle of the second clause, what should it come after? More...
Article of the Day

The Barmakids

The Barmakids were a noble Persian family who attained great power under the Abbasid caliphs of Baghdad in the 8th century. Often serving as viziers and holding other influential roles, the Barmakids were patrons of the sciences and are credited with establishing Baghdad's first paper mill. However, by the start of the 9th century, the family's power and status was in decline and many of its members were imprisoned or executed. The Barmakids are mentioned in what famous stories? More...
This Day in History

The Night of Tlatelolco (1968)

Just 10 days before Mexico City hosted the 1968 Summer Olympics, government forces opened fire on student and civilian protesters gathered in a plaza in the Tlatelolco section of the city. The official government explanation was that students provoked the army's violence by firing at them from the buildings surrounding the plaza and that only four people had been killed. Investigations were thwarted until Vicente Fox became president in 2000. What is now believed to have happened that day? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard III of England (1452)

Richard III was made a duke after his brother Edward of York deposed the weak Lancastrian king Henry VI and assumed power. Richard and Edward were driven into exile in 1470 but returned and defeated the Lancastrians the next year. On Edward's death, Richard became protector for Edward's son, the 12-year-old King Edward V, but he usurped the throne and confined Edward and his brother to the Tower of London, where they were likely murdered. Who defeated Richard to become England's next monarch? More...
Quotation of the Day
Eulogy, n.: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

scream (one's) head off

To scream or yell very loudly and lengthily. More...
Today's Holiday

Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday) (2018)

October 2 is a national holiday in India to commemorate the birth of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who came to be known as Mahatma ("great soul") Gandhi. At this time, pilgrimages are made from throughout the country to the Raj Ghat on the banks of the Yamuna River in Delhi, where Gandhi was cremated. Many communities also hold spinning and weaving sessions in his honor. Gandhi was the leader of the movement for Indian nationalism, the 20th century's great prophet of nonviolence, and a religious innovator who encouraged a reformed, liberal Hinduism. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: needle

gab - In mechanics, a hook or a notch in a rod or lever that then engages with a pin or needle. More...

in the groove - An allusion to the reproduction of music by a needle on a gramophone record. More...

needle - Has the same Indo-European base as Latin nere, "to spin," and Greek nema, "thread." More...

feed dog - The part of a sewing machine that feeds the material under the needle. More...

In the News

How flying seriously messes with your mind

With the tiny screen bouncing around in front of us, tinny sound quality and frequent interruptions, watching a movie during a flight is hardly an immersive experience. Yet, frequent fliers may have found themselves – or at least witnessed others – welling up at the ... More...
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