Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 25, 2016)
Word of the Day

rejoinder

Definition:(noun) A quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one).
Synonyms:riposte, comeback, retort, replication, counter, return
Usage: Her eyes darkened, and he expected an indignant rejoinder.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Speech

Grammatical speech refers to how we report something another person said. Depending on how we do this, we sometimes have to inflect the verbs that we use. Speech is usually divided between what two types? More...
Article of the Day

Zero

Despite being the last digit to come into use in the numerical system, the zero plays a central role in mathematics. During the 2nd century CE, Ptolemy began using a small circle with a long bar above it to symbolize zero. Because it was used alone, not just as a placeholder, this Hellenistic zero was perhaps the first documented use of a number zero in the Old World. Four centuries later, an Indian mathematician wrote a book of rules governing the use of the zero. Is zero an odd or even number? More...
This Day in History

La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture. What are some examples? More...
Today's Birthday

Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy. What song was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
The power of doing anything with quickness is always prized much by the possessor, and often without any attention to the imperfection of the performance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

country bumpkin

Someone from a rural area who is therefore not versed in city life or its social norms. More...
Today's Holiday

Portugal Liberation Day (2016)

Liberation Day, or Liberty Day, is a public holiday commemorating the military coup on this day in 1974 that removed Marcello Caetano (1906-1980) from power, reflecting the opposition of many Portuguese to their government's military policies and wars in Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reckoning

dead reckoning - A calculation based on guesswork. More...

logarithm - From Greek logos, "reckoning, ratio," and arithmos, "number." More...

ratio - From Latin, literally, "reckoning." More...

scotfree - From Scandinavian for "a payment or reckoning," plus "free." More...

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