Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

unperturbed

Definition:(adjective) Free from emotional agitation or nervous tension.
Synonyms:unflurried, unflustered, unruffled
Usage: Though chaos and panic swirled all about him, the fireman remained unperturbed and calmly brought order to the scene.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Objective Case

Although the English language has largely discarded its case system, personal pronouns are one part of English in which the case system is still active. When a personal pronoun is in the objective case, what is it acting as in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

The Pyramid of Cestius

One of the best preserved ancient buildings in Rome, the Pyramid of Cestius was built circa 12 BCE as a tomb for magistrate Gaius Cestius Epulo. Constructed of brick-faced concrete covered with slabs of white marble, the pyramid stood at a fork between two ancient roads and was later incorporated into the Aurelian Walls, built around 271 CE to fortify the city. The origins of the pyramid were forgotten during the Middle Ages, and later Romans mistakenly concluded that the tomb belonged to whom? More...
This Day in History

Louis Riel, "Father of Manitoba," Executed for Treason (1885)

Of French and Métis parentage, Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in what is now Manitoba, whose establishment in 1870 he precipitated by leading a revolt of Métis and indigenous peoples against the transfer of the Hudson's Bay Company territory to Canada. Riel was outlawed for his role in the rebellion, but that did not deter him from leading a similar uprising in Saskatchewan in 1884. This time, however, he was captured by Canadian authorities and executed. Why was his penalty so harsh? More...
Today's Birthday

Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904)

A native Nigerian, Azikiwe was educated in the US and, upon returning to his home country, began publishing denunciatory articles as editor of the African Morning Post. He was charged with sedition in 1936 but was ultimately acquitted. Azikiwe then became a political leader and was named the first president of Nigeria when it became a republic in 1963, serving until a military coup forced him out in 1966. His writings led to the emergence of Zikism, which is what? More...
Quotation of the Day
How great would be the desire in every admirer of nature to behold, if such were possible, the scenery of another planet!

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse (2018)

The town of Armagh, Northern Ireland, is featured in a famous ballad called "The Bard of Armagh." That poem's title inspired the name of the Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, an annual event that has taken place since 1993. Poets appear before audiences to recite their works and compete for best poem. To determine the official entries, a selection process was established that ensures each poem does not exceed a length of 650 words and features humorous verse suitable for a family audience. The finals usually take place at the Armagh City Hotel. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tennis

drop shot - In tennis, it is so called because after it is hit, it drops abruptly to the ground. More...

cachpule - The ancestral name for tennis or a tennis court. More...

service game - In tennis, a game in which a particular player serves. More...

tennis - From French tenez, "take, receive," which was originally called out by the server to the opponent. More...

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