Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

light-minded

Definition:(adjective) Showing inappropriate levity.
Synonyms:flippant
Usage: The light-minded woman had been discovering good matches for her daughter almost from the year of her birth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Conjunctions

Conjunctions are used to express relationships between things in a sentence, link different clauses together, and to combine sentences. By using different kinds of conjunctions, we are able to make more complex, sophisticated sentences that show a connection between actions and ideas. How many main types of conjunctions are there? More...
Article of the Day

Hanno the Elephant

Hanno was the pet white elephant of Pope Leo X, a member of the wealthy and powerful Medici family and one of the most extravagant Renaissance pontiffs. Hanno was given to Leo as a gift by King Manuel I of Portugal to commemorate the pope's coronation. A favorite of the papal court, Hanno was featured in processions in Rome. He contracted an illness after just two years there, however, and died in 1516. Hanno was the subject of a satirical pamphlet that helped launch the career of what author? More...
This Day in History

Garry Kasparov Becomes Youngest World Chess Champion (1985)

In the 1984 World Chess Championship, 1980 World Junior Champion and international grandmaster Gary Kasparov faced reigning world champion Anatoly Karpov. The longest title match in chess history, it was aborted after 5 months of play and 48 games, after chess officials concluded that it was taking too great a psychological and physical toll on Karpov, who was leading but appeared likely to lose. Kasparov won a rematch 6 months later, becoming the youngest world champion ever. How old was he? More...
Today's Birthday

Stanford White (1853)

White was an American architect and a designer of jewelry, furniture, and interiors. In 1880, he formed an architectural firm with Charles F. McKim and William R. Mead that soon became the most famous in the country, known especially for its seaside mansions. He enjoyed a lavish lifestyle before being shot to death at Madison Square Garden—which he had designed—by Harry Thaw, the husband of the showgirl Evelyn Nesbit, with whom White had had an affair. The resulting trial became known as what? More...
Quotation of the Day
It isn't possible to love and to part. You will wish that it was. You can transmute love, ignore it, muddle it, but you can never pull it out of you. I know by experience that the poets are right: love is eternal.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

first impression

The initial, introductory evaluation upon meeting a person, encountering something, or experiencing a situation for the first time. More...
Today's Holiday

Cambodia Independence Day (2019)

Cambodia was a French protectorate for 90 years before it gained independence on November 9, 1953. Independence Day, which marks that event, is a national holiday. The principal celebrations are held in the capital city of Phnom Penh, beginning with a morning ceremony at Independence Monument. Later in the day, there is a gala parade held in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, with colorful floats and marching bands. Shops are adorned with national flags. After dark, a large fireworks display is held near the riverbanks of the Royal Palace. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: intensity

heat - As a preliminary race for a sporting contest, it is so called because of its intensity. More...

crescendo - Often mistakenly used to mean "reaching a pinnacle" when, in fact, it should be used only to describe a gradual increase in intensity or volume. More...

resonate, resound - Resonate means "to expand, to intensity, or amplify the sound of," whereas resound means "to throw back, repeat the sound of." More...

fervency, fervor - The intensity of heat or feeling can be described as fervency, from Latin fervere, "boil"; an instance of this heat or feeling is fervor. More...

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