Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 11, 2016)
Word of the Day

interlanguage

Definition:(noun) A common language used by speakers of different languages.
Synonyms:lingua franca, koine
Usage: Koine Greek was the interlanguage of the empire of Alexander the Great and was widely spoken throughout the eastern Mediterranean.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Object Complements

An object complement is a word or group of words that describes, renames, or completes the direct object of the verb. Which parts of speech can be object complements? More...
Article of the Day

Birds' Beaks

Beaks are horny, projecting structures that form the mandibles of birds. They are generally strong, sharp, and useful in striking and tearing. The beak's function varies significantly from species to species; it can be used to kill prey, probe for food, manipulate objects, groom, or feed young birds, and its size and shape vary accordingly. Though beaks are worn down over time, they grow continuously throughout the birds' lifetimes. What species of bird uses its beak to "kiss" during courtship? More...
This Day in History

Siam Is Renamed Thailand (1949)

Thailand's origin is traditionally tied to the short-lived kingdom of Sukhothai founded in 1238. After contact with the west in the 16th century, adroit diplomacy enabled Siam to remain independent of European colonization, the only country in Southeast Asia able to do so. A mostly bloodless revolution established a constitutional monarchy in Siam in 1932. Seven years later, under Pibul Songgram's military dictatorship, the name Thailand was adopted. What does the word thai mean? More...
Today's Birthday

Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Münchhausen (1720)

Münchhausen was a German baron who became legendary for his fantastic stories about his adventures as a hunter, sportsman, and soldier. Sent in his youth to serve as a page, he later joined the Russian military and served until 1750, taking part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Returning home, Münchhausen acquired a reputation as an honest businessman but also as a teller of tall tales. He claimed to have ridden cannonballs, travelled to the moon, and escaped a swamp by doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

fire in the belly

Passion and determination. More...
Today's Holiday

Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) (2016)

Known in Hebrew as Yom ha-Atzama'ut, this day commemorates the proclamation of independence by Palestinian Jews and the establishment of a provisional government in Israel on May 14, 1948 (5 Iyyar 5708 on the Jewish calendar). It is observed with parties, performances, and military parades, as well as religious rituals, which include the reading of Psalms. A popular custom on this day for Israelis is to walk at least a short distance somewhere in the country where they have never walked before. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hire

freelance - Comes from the knights whose lances were free for hire and who were not pledged to one master; originally, a freelance was a free companion or a person free of occupational or political party obligation or allegiance. More...

hire - As a noun, it originally meant the payment for the use of something. More...

claque - A group of people hired to applaud an act or performer. More...

dry lease, wet lease - To rent an aircraft without a crew is a dry lease; a wet lease is to hire an aircraft with a crew. More...

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