Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 15, 2017)
Word of the Day

rebarbative

Definition:(adjective) Tending to irritate.
Synonyms:repellant, repellent
Usage: As the night wore on, the petulant man became increasingly rebarbative and prickly and spiteful.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Personal Pronouns and Possessive Case

As the name implies, the possessive (or genitive) case changes the inflection of a personal pronoun to mark possession. There are two forms of personal pronouns in the possessive case. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

Brocken Specter

A Brocken specter is an optical phenomenon sometimes seen at high altitudes, when the observer is between the sun and a mass of clouds. The figures of the observer and surrounding objects are seen projected on the clouds, greatly enlarged and often encircled by a colorful halo. The phenomenon, named after a peak in Germany's Harz Mountains where it is often observed, can be seen on misty mountainsides, in cloud banks, and even from airplanes. What causes these shadows to appear so magnified? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Saipan Begins (1944)

With an approximate area of just 45 sq mi (117 sq km), the island of Saipan was the site of some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific theater of World War II. The US invasion in mid-June surprised the Japanese, who had expected an attack farther south. After a month of brutal fighting, the US captured Saipan and made the island a base for air attacks on the Japanese mainland. About 22,000 Saipan civilians—the majority of the population—died during the battle. Why did many commit suicide? More...
Today's Birthday

Ion Victor Antonescu (1882)

Antonescu was dictator of Romania during World War II when his country was part of the Axis. He had a close relationship with Adolf Hitler, who lauded the Romanian's "breadth of vision." Antonescu ordered the 1941 Odessa Massacre that claimed the lives of at least 25,000 Jews, though some estimates suggest an even higher death toll. In 1944, Antonescu was overthrown in a coup and later convicted of war crimes and executed. In his final letter to his wife, what did Antonescu encourage her to do? More...
Quotation of the Day
Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Idiom of the Day

memory lane

A set or series of memories of one's past life, likened to a roadway that one may visit or take a tour of. (Used primarily in the phrase "stroll/take a trip/walk etc. down memory lane.") More...
Today's Holiday

Magna Carta Day (2018)

The Magna Carta was the "great charter" of English liberties, which the tyrannical King John I was forced to sign on June 15, 1215. Although this day does not appear in the official calendar of any church, it is a day of great religious significance throughout the English-speaking world. One of the 48 personal rights and liberties guaranteed by the Magna Carta was freedom of worship; in fact, the opening words of the document were, "The Church of England shall be free." It is regarded as one of the most important documents in the history of political and human freedom. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: request

ask - A request or question. More...

behest, request - Behest is a stronger term than request. More...

boon - Once meant "request for a favor." More...

precatory - Words of recommendation, request, entreaty, wish, or expectation, employed in wills, as distinguished from express directions. More...

In the News

Ikea and NASA Are Partnering on Furniture that's Out of This World

Setting up Ikea furniture may be difficult, but it's not rocket science … or is it? Thanks to a new collaboration between NASA and the Swedish furniture store, the two challenges may not be so different after all. Ikea is now “looking into how a Mars ... More...
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