Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

excoriate

Definition:(verb) To censure strongly.
Synonyms:abrade, condemn, denounce
Usage: The newspaper printed an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns of Address

Nouns of address (also known as vocatives, nominatives of address, or nouns of direct address) identify the person or group being directly spoken to. Like interjections, they are grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence—that is, they don’t modify or affect any other part of it. Instead, they are used to let the listener or reader know who you are addressing, or to do what? More...
Article of the Day

Keffiyeh

The keffiyeh is a traditional Arab headdress, made of a square of cloth that is folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. It is commonly worn in areas with arid climates as protection from direct sun exposure and blown dust and sand. The plain white keffiyeh is popular in the Gulf states, while the red-and-white keffiyeh is most strongly associated with what country? More...
This Day in History

Last French Troops Leave Syria (1946)

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end? More...
Today's Birthday

John Pierpont Morgan (1837)

The son of a financier, Morgan began his career as an accountant before being named a partner in the firm that became J.P. Morgan and Company. One of the world's most powerful railroad magnates, he formed a syndicate to supply the US Treasury's depleted gold reserves and financed the mergers that formed General Electric and US Steel Corporation—the world's first billion-dollar corporation. In addition to being a noted art collector, Morgan had one of America's most important collections of what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

cloud nine

A state of extreme happiness. Typically appears in the phrase "on cloud nine." More...
Today's Holiday

Verrazzano Day (2019)

Observed in New York state, Verrazzano Day commemorates the discovery of New York Harbor by the Italian navigator Giovanni da Verrazzano on April 17, 1524. With the backing of King Francis I of France, Verrazzano sailed his ship to the New World, reaching the Carolina coast in March 1524, and then sailing northward, exploring the eastern coast of North America. He also discovered Block Island and Narragansett Bay in what is now Rhode Island. In naming the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, New York gave Verrazzano official recognition. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: country

emancipate - Means "to free from legal, political, social control or restraint by others," and "to free from bondage." The word's Latin elements are manus, "hand," and capere, "to take," and first meant "to release or set free." More...

assassin - Thought by some to derive from an Arabic word meaning "hashish user," as members of an Islamic sect in various countries during the time of the Crusades (13th century) ate hashish to intoxicate themselves before setting out to assasinate enemy leaders. More...

patriot - Greek pater, "father," led to Latin patriota, "fellow countryman," which was the original meaning of patriot when it came into English in the late 1500s. More...

country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person." More...

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