Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, July 7, 2018)
Word of the Day

cultivator

Definition:(noun) Someone concerned with the science or art or business of cultivating the soil.
Synonyms:agriculturalist, grower, raiser
Usage: He soon became a land-holder, then a prosperous cultivator of the soil, and shortly after a town-officer.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Understanding Restrictive Relative Clauses

Restrictive relative clauses identify the noun, giving us information about it that we need to know in order to understand the speaker's meaning. This type of clause does not need any commas. What is the restrictive relative clause in the following sentence? "The house where I was born is a very special place." More...
Article of the Day

The Black Cat

Throughout history, many cultures have held negative superstitions about black cats, often associating the animals with witches, the devil, and omens of evil. Though black cats are actually considered good luck in a minority of countries, superstitions about bad luck striking those who have had one cross their path widely persist today. Black cats have even been found to have lower odds of adoption in American shelters than felines of other colors. What color is even less likely to be adopted? More...
This Day in History

Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Siffert (1936)

Siffert was a Swiss driver who began his career racing motorcycles but switched to Formula One in 1962. He won the 1968 British Grand Prix but was killed on the same track three years later. After suffering suspension damage, Siffert's car crashed and burst into flames so intense that rescue crews were unable to reach him. It was later determined that the injuries he sustained in the crash were not fatal—he died of smoke inhalation. What safety measures were implemented after the accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems that a man is meant to live only one life in this world. When he tries to live a second, he develops another nature.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

have a nodding acquaintance (with someone or something)

To have a slight or precursory knowledge of someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

International Day of Co-operatives (2018)

In 1992 the United Nations established International Day of Cooperatives on the first Saturday in July. They chose this date to honor the founding of the International Cooperative Alliance one hundred years earlier. Today the organization represents 760 million people who belong to various cooperatives in 100 countries. In 1994 the United Nations affirmed their commitment to International Day of Cooperatives in recognition of the crucial role that cooperatives play in economic and social development. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rampart

boulevard - From French, literally "rampart" or a "promenade on the site of a rampart." More...

bulwark - Comes from German bole, "plank," and werc, "work," and originally meant "rampart made out of planks or tree trunks." More...

rampart - From Latin re-, "again," and emparer, "fortify," from the earlier ante-, "before," and parare, "prepare." More...

wall - Comes from Latin vallum, "rampart." More...

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