Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, May 6, 2016)
Word of the Day

arborist

Definition:(noun) A specialist in the care of woody plants, especially trees.
Synonyms:tree surgeon
Usage: The arborist informed the homeowners that the sick tree would need to be cut down.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Gerunds

A gerund is the "-ing" form of a verb when it functions grammatically as a noun in a sentence. What is a gerund phrase? More...
Article of the Day

Bedbugs

Bedbugs are small, nocturnal, reddish-brown insects that infest dwellings and bedding and feed on human blood. They emit an unpleasant-smelling oily secretion from two glands on their undersurface; but more unpleasant than a bedbug's odor is its bite, which can cause irritation, itching, welts, and swelling. Contrary to popular belief, poor housekeeping does not invite bedbugs; they are attracted by body heat and carbon dioxide. What should be done to combat an infestation? More...
This Day in History

Phoenix Park Murders in Dublin, Ireland (1882)

In 1882, Lord Frederick Cavendish, British secretary for Ireland, and Thomas Henry Burke, his undersecretary, were assassinated as they were walking in Dublin's Phoenix Park. They were stabbed to death by members of a radical splinter group of the Fenian movement called the "Invincibles." Two of those arrested turned state's evidence, five were hanged, and three were sentenced to prison. What was the political aftermath of the assassinations? More...
Today's Birthday

Orson Welles (1915)

Welles began acting on stage at 16 and made his Broadway debut in 1934. In 1937, he and John Houseman formed the Mercury Theatre, creating a series of radio dramas and winning notoriety with their panic-producing broadcast of War of the Worlds. Welles then moved to Hollywood, where, at age 26, he cowrote, directed, produced, and acted in the classic Citizen Kane, considered among the most influential movies in film history. What other films did Welles direct? More...
Quotation of the Day
One cannot find peace in work or in pleasure, in the world or in a convent, but only in one's soul.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

deny (one)self

To deprive oneself of something. More...
Today's Holiday

St. George's Day (Bulgaria) (2016)

St. George's Day, or Gergiovden, is one of the most important celebrations in Bulgaria. It marks the start of the stock-breeding season. Special foods are served, traditional songs are sung, and both livestock and their pens are decorated with blossoming willow twigs. Traditional rural Bulgarian belief holds that someone who is born on this day is blessed with wisdom and beauty. In some areas, a lamb is slaughtered, and the door sill is smeared with its blood to protect the house from witches, illness, and other forms of bad luck. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lighter

dinner, supper - Dinner is the main meal of the day; supper is the last meal of the day and lighter than dinner. More...

short crust - Lighter and crispier than regular pastry crust. More...

spring roll - Smaller than egg rolls, they traditionally have a lighter, more delicate pastry wrap. More...

etiolate - Become whiter or lighter, especially by not getting enough light. More...

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