Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, May 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

witticism

Definition:(noun) A remark or expression characterized by cleverness in perception and choice of words.
Synonyms:quip, sally, pun, one-liner, riposte, pleasantry, repartee, epigram, bon mot
Usage: They received his witticism with a piercing shriek of laughter.
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

Aeolipile

Invented in the first century by Greek mathematician Hero of Alexandria, the Hero engine, or aeolipile, is a steam-powered device that illustrates the reactive forces of a gas jet. It usually consists of a mounted spherical vessel equipped with angled nozzles that release steam in opposite directions, causing rotational movement. The world's first steam engine, Hero’s aeolipile was a forerunner of the modern jet engine. Its name derives from a term meaning "ball of Aeolus." Who was Aeolus? 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
Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

deny (one)self

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

Hidrellez Festival (2019)

The Hidrellez Festival is observed in Turkey every May 6. It is marked as the day that two prophets, Hizir and Ilyas, met each other on Earth; the word Hidrellez is a fusing of the two names. The festival is a joyous celebration of the coming of spring. People prepare for Hidrellez by thoroughly cleaning their homes; they also purchase fresh new clothes to wear for the Hidrellez Festival, and prepare special food, such as fresh lamb or lamb's liver. On Hidrellez night, people leave purses and pantries open and put out food bowls, in the belief that Hizir will bring abundance to the homes he visits. 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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