Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

sagacity

Definition:(noun) The quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom
Synonyms:discernment, sagaciousness, judgment
Usage: Spies cannot be usefully employed without a certain intuitive sagacity.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Positioning Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Adverbs of time are most often placed at the end of a sentence. Why do we sometimes place them at the beginning of the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Abbas the Great

Shah Abbas I ascended the Persian throne in the late 16th century, after participating in the coup that deposed his father. Persian artistic achievement flourished during Abbas's reign. The empire's new capital, Isfahan, was transformed into one of the world's most beautiful cities and quickly became one of the most important cultural centers in the Islamic world. Abbas's rule was tarnished, however, by his cruelty to his family. What did he do to three of his sons? More...
This Day in History

Portuguese Restoration War Begins (1640)

Following the death of Henry, the cardinal-king of Portugal, in 1580, Philip II of Spain assumed control of Portugal by force of arms. The "Spanish captivity" lasted for 60 years. Finally, in 1640, the Portuguese took advantage of Philip IV's preoccupation with a rebellion in Catalonia and revolted. The Portuguese dethroned him and reclaimed independence for Portugal. Undeterred, Philip fought for decades to regain control of Portugal. When did Spain finally recognize Portugal's independence? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls (1933)

Rawls was an American soul, jazz, and blues singer known for his smooth vocal style. He began singing in his church choir at the age of seven and later sang with local Chicago groups. Though he was pronounced dead after a severe car accident in 1958 that left him in a coma for several days, he recovered and went on to enjoy a successful career, winning multiple Grammy Awards and selling more than 40 million records. Who once credited Rawls with having the "silkiest chops in the singing game"? More...
Quotation of the Day
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

admit defeat

To yield to the opposition or accept that one is wrong in some pursuit. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Restoration of Independence Day (2016)

This public holiday commemorates the restoration of Portugal's independence from Spain on December 1, 1640. Philip II (1527-1598) of Spain assumed control of Portugal in 1580 upon the death of Henry, prince of Portugal, and the "Spanish captivity" lasted for 60 years. Revolution began in Lisbon, and, in 1640, the Portuguese dethroned Philip IV (1605-1665; grandson of Philip II) and reclaimed independence for Portugal. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: manufacture

bar code - Includes code terms for the country of manufacture, the manufacturer, and the type of product—a combination specific enough to ordinarily identify any product. More...

arsenal - From Arabic dar al sindah, meaning "workshop for art, manufacture," it was originally used in English to mean "naval dock" or workshops for making ships and arms. More...

forge - Comes from Latin fabrica, "trade, workshop" or "fabric," and it first meant "smithy" or "manufacture." More...

light industry - The manufacture of small or light articles. More...

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