Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 29, 2018)
Word of the Day

deplete

Definition:(verb) Use up (resources or materials).
Synonyms:wipe out, eat up, exhaust, run through, consume
Usage: We must limit our use of substances that deplete the ozone layer or we will do irreparable harm to our planet.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Collective Nouns

Collective nouns are nouns that refer to a collection or group of multiple people, animals, or things. They usually function as singular nouns in a sentence, but they are occasionally used as plurals, too. What are some examples of collective nouns that can only be plural? More...
Article of the Day

Snake Wine

Originating in Vietnam and found throughout Southeast Asia, snake wine is an alcoholic beverage bottled with a whole venomous snake inside. One variety is made by placing a large snake into a glass jar of rice wine, often with smaller snakes, and allowing it to steep. Consumed after the poisonous venom has been rendered inactive by the alcohol, snake wine is said to have medicinal properties and is billed as a cure for a range of ailments. Why is its import banned in many countries? More...
This Day in History

WWII: Operation Manna Begins (1945)

During WWII, the Royal Air Force delivered 6,680 tons food into parts of the German-occupied Netherlands, with the acquiescence of the occupying forces, to feed starving Dutch citizens suffering from a famine that ultimately claimed 18,000 lives. Operation Manna, as it was called, was named for the food that the Book of Exodus says miraculously appeared for the Israelites in the wilderness. The mission ended on May 8, when Germany's surrender ended the war in Europe. How was the food delivered? More...
Today's Birthday

John Arbuthnot (1667)

Greatly admired in his time, Arbuthnot was a Scottish scientist, mathematician, and satirist. The court physician to Queen Anne, he is best remembered for his five "John Bull" pamphlets, political satires on the Whig war policy that introduced the character John Bull, a personification of England akin to the American Uncle Sam. With his friends Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and John Gay, Arbuthnot was a founding member of the famous Scriblerus Club, an organization devoted to what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Only ignorance! Only ignorance! How can you talk about only ignorance? Don't you know that it is the worst thing in the world, next to wickedness?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

cross as two sticks

Angry or irritated. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Sham el-Nessim (2019)

A national holiday and folk festival in Egypt, Sham el-Nessim has been observed for thousands of years as a day to smell the breezes and celebrate spring. While the date is set by the Coptic calendar, the holiday is now a non-religious national holiday observed by everyone as a family affair. Traditionally, people pack picnics to have outings along the Nile River or in parks. Certain food is specified for the occasion: the main dish is fessikh, a kind of salted fish, and it's also traditional to have mouloukhiya (stuffed vine leaves) and eggs with decorated, colored shells. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: noon

high noon - Exactly 12 noon. More...

luncheon - An extension of the word lunch, based on nuncheon, "a drink taken at noon." More...

noon - Derived from the Latin word nona, "ninth," as it originally meant the ninth hour after sunrise, about 3 p.m. More...

post meridiem - The expansion of p.m., from Latin, meaning "after noon" (1647). More...

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