Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

volition

Definition:(noun) The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision.
Synonyms:willing
Usage: Without volition I leaned toward her, as a tree is swayed by the wind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Zero Conditional

A zero conditional sentence uses the present simple tense to talk about what is always or generally true. It is classified as a conditional because it creates a hypothetical situation to describe what would be true each time something happens. What is the general structure for the zero conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Art Forgery

Forgeries have been part of the art market for more than 2,000 years and date back to Roman times, when sculptors created copies of Greek works. It has since become increasingly difficult to pass off forgeries as originals, as sophisticated new dating and analysis techniques threaten to expose even the most ingenious forgers. Some exposed forgers have gone on to sell their fakes as copies, gaining fame in their own right. What forger's works became so valuable that they themselves were forged? More...
This Day in History

US Invades Grenada (1983)

After a left-wing government took control of Grenada in a 1979 bloodless coup, relations between the tiny Caribbean nation and its neighbors became strained. In 1983, the government was overthrown by radicals from within the same movement. Concerned about Grenada's leanings toward Cuba and the Soviet bloc, the US invaded. World leaders were outraged, and the UN voted 108 to 9 to condemn the invasion. How did US President Ronald Reagan respond when asked whether the lopsided vote concerned him? More...
Today's Birthday

Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece, Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen's success, dying just months after it premiered. Although rumors of suicide surrounded his death, what likely killed him? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

hothead

A person with an excitable, fiery, or impetuous temper or disposition; one who is quick to get angry or act rashly. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Crispin's Day (2017)

According to legend, Crispin and his brother Crispinian traveled from Rome to the French town of Soissons, where they preached and earned a living as shoemakers. The people of Soissons built a church in their honor in the sixth century, and since that time they have been known as the patron saints of shoemakers and other workers in leather. This is also the day on which the French and English armies fought the battle of Agincourt in the middle period of the Hundred Years War (1415). More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: kiln

hovel - A conical building enclosing a kiln. More...

oast - A kiln used to dry hops or malt or tobacco. More...

battledore - Can refer to various tools, such as the paddle of a canoe or a utensil for inserting loaves into an oven or wares into a kiln. More...

china - Comes from Persian chini, for the delicate and valuable ware first made in China; the word describes pieces made from certain kinds of clay that have been glazed, usually decorated, and fired in a kiln at high temperatures. More...

In the News

Patients need rest, not antibiotics, say health officials

More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own ... More...
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