Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 28, 2017)
Word of the Day

baleful

Definition:(adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
Synonyms:menacing, minacious, minatory, ominous, sinister, threatening, forbidding
Usage: He sprang on the horse of a Blackfoot warrior whom he had slain, and escaping at full speed, brought home the baleful tidings to his village.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Complements

Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. What are the five main categories of complements? More...
Article of the Day

Cyclo-Cross

Performed on short courses featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills, and obstacles, cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that requires riders to dismount, carry their bikes while maneuvering around obstructions, and remount without losing speed. Some trace the origins of the sport to the early 1900s, when European road racers would race to the next town by cutting through fields, over fences, and taking various other shortcuts. Why did the sport gain popularity in 1910? More...
This Day in History

Romania Cedes Bessarabia to the USSR (1940)

After the Russian Revolution of 1917, the region of Bessarabia declared its independence and voted to unite with Romania. The Soviet Union never recognized Romania's right to the province and, in 1940, demanded that it cede Bessarabia. When Romania complied, the USSR set up the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic and incorporated the northern region into the Ukrainian SSR. Bessarabia remained divided after Ukraine and Moldavia declared independence in 1991. Where did the region get its name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712)

Rousseau was a Swiss-French philosopher and writer who had a lasting impact on politics, literature, and education. In particular, he strongly influenced the theories of the French Revolution and the romantics. Many of his ideas stemmed from his belief in the natural goodness of man, who he felt had been warped by society. His Confessions, published posthumously in 1782, was a frank account of his life and was a founding work of autobiography. Why was he forced to flee France in 1762? More...
Quotation of the Day
Custom may lead a man into many errors; but it justifies none.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

drive (one's) pigs to market

To snore. More...
Today's Holiday

Anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion (2018)

The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village that was raided by the police on June 28, 1969. As the outraged crowd threw stones and bottles, more police arrived and subdued what had turned into a riot. Today, the event is regarded as a turning point in the history of the gay rights movement. It is commemorated in New York, Philadelphia, and other U.S. cities with parades, memorial services for those who have died of AIDS, and other activities to draw attention to the ways in which homosexuals have been discriminated against. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: please

amuse-bouche, amuse-guele - Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally "something to please the mouth," and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit. More...

like - Comes from Germanic likam, "appearance, body, form"; the verb came from likojam, which, as like, originally meant "please." More...

love - From Old English lufu, connected with Sanskrit lubh, "to desire," and Latin lubere, "to please." More...

please - Descends from Latin placere, "please." More...

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