Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 12, 2018)
Word of the Day

indisposed

Definition:(adjective) Somewhat ill or prone to illness.
Synonyms:ailing, peaked, poorly, under the weather, unwell, sickly, seedy
Usage: The princess is indisposed and has cancelled her engagements for the week to allow herself time to recuperate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Compound Nouns

A compound noun consists of two or more words (usually two nouns or an adjective and a noun) functioning as a single unit to name a person, place, or thing. What are the three written forms of compound nouns? More...
Article of the Day

Satyagraha

Satyagraha is the philosophy of passive resistance introduced by Mohandas Gandhi in South Africa in 1906 and successfully employed in the Indian independence movement. Satyagraha involves the refusal to submit to anything perceived as wrong, while adhering to the principle of nonviolence in order to maintain the tranquility of mind required for insight. Meaning "insistence on truth" in Sanskrit, Satyagraha played a significant role in what other civil rights movement across the globe? More...
This Day in History

French National Assembly Adopts Civil Constitution of the Clergy (1790)

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy was an act passed during the French Revolution that subordinated the Roman Catholic Church to the state. Under the act, citizens would elect clergymen and the state would pay their wages. When the National Assembly ordered the clergy to take an oath supporting the Civil Constitution, many refused. The resulting schism within the French church caused many Catholics to turn against the Revolution. What effect did the constitution have on monastic orders? More...
Today's Birthday

Milton Berle (1908)

Berle was an American comedian and the first major US television star. He began acting in vaudeville at age 10 and went on to perform in more than 50 silent films, on radio, and as a nightclub comedian. His great success, however, was as the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, which earned him the nickname "Mr. Television." He contributed significantly to the medium's growing popularity, and many are said to have bought TV sets just to watch "Uncle Miltie." How did he get that nickname? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

800-pound gorilla

A person, group, or organization so powerful (either by size or by influence) that it does not need to heed the rules or threats of others. It refers to the riddle "Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?" (Answer: "Wherever it likes.") Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Kiribati Independence Day (2019)

This island group in the middle of the Pacific Ocean was known as the Gilbert Islands until its independence from Britain on July 12, 1979. Independence Day is observed as a national holiday. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: highest

top note - The highest in a piece of music or in a singer's vocal range. More...

paramount, tantamount - Paramount means "primary, top," and tantamount means "equivalent to, same as"; paramount first meant "highest in jurisdiction." More...

prime - Unusual since it can have virtually opposite meanings: "preliminary, basic" or "lowest"—as well as "finest" and "highest." More...

supreme - Ultimately from Latin supra, "above," which begat supremus, "highest." More...

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