Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, December 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

arid

Definition:(adjective) Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants.
Synonyms:waterless
Usage: Only a few succulents managed to survive in the arid climate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Colons

A colon ( : ) is used after an independent clause to add information that helps illustrate or clarify what it says. How many spaces should be used after a colon? More...
Article of the Day

The Battle of Kadesh

Likely the largest chariot battle in history, the Battle of Kadesh was fought between the Egyptians and the Hittites in 1274 BCE at the city of Kadesh in what is now Syria. Pharaoh Ramses II mounted the attack to regain lost territory, but he was eventually forced to retreat to Egypt. Hostilities between the two peoples were finally ended with a peace agreement in 1258 BCE—one of the earliest international peace treaties. A replica of the agreement is held at what organization's headquarters? More...
This Day in History

Great Smog Blankets London (1952)

Early in December 1952, a cold fog caused Londoners to burn more coal than usual. When the resulting pollution was trapped by the dense mass of cold air, concentrations of pollutants built up dramatically. By the time it lifted, the smog had caused or advanced the deaths of thousands of people—most of whom were very young or elderly or had pre-existing respiratory problems—leading to a new focus on the dangers of air pollution. Even indoor events were cancelled during the Great Smog. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Christina Rossetti (1830)

Christina Rossetti was one of England's most important female poets of the Victorian era. It is little wonder that she became a poet, given her lineage. Her great-grandfather was a poet, her grandfather was a writer and scholar, and her father was the famous poet and scholar Gabriele Rossetti. Her three siblings followed similar paths. Religious themes dominate her poems, which run the gamut from romantic to devotional to children's poetry. What popular Christmas carol did she pen? More...
Quotation of the Day
A just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

tear a strip off (someone)

To scold, upbraid, or rebuke someone very severely, as for an error or wrongdoing. More...
Today's Holiday

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (2018)

In 1985 the United Nations established December 5 as International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development. The Assembly hoped that in so doing, it would draw favorable attention to the contribution made by these volunteers, and thus inspire more people to serve the world community as volunteers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wicked

facinorous - Extremely wicked. More...

flagitious - Criminally wicked. More...

scelestious, scelestic - Other terms for wicked are scelestious and scelestic. More...

wicked - Probably based on Old English wicca, "witch." More...

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