Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

carrefour

Definition:(noun) A junction where one street or road crosses another.
Synonyms:crossroad, crossway, intersection, crossing
Usage: When his jalopy broke down right in the middle of a busy carrefour, he swore he would invest in a more reliable car.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adverbs of Frequency

Adverbs of frequency tell us how often something happens or is the case; they can describe verbs and adjectives, but they do not modify other adverbs. What are adverbs of frequency also called? More...
Article of the Day

Apartheid

Apartheid was a system of racial segregation enforced in South Africa for almost 50 years that was legally abolished in the early 1990s. Apartheid served not only to separate whites from non-whites, but also non-white groups from one another. The 1959 Sharpeville Massacre, in which police officers opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing 69 and injuring 186, was a major turning point in public opinion of South African apartheid. What does the word apartheid mean in Afrikaans? More...
This Day in History

Russian Submarine K-141 Kursk Sinks in Barents Sea (2000)

While completing naval exercises with dummy torpedoes on August 12, 2000, the Russian submarine Kursk suffered two explosions two minutes and 15 seconds apart. The second explosion registered about a 3.5 on the Richter scale. The blasts destroyed the front hull, and all 118 crew members died. It was initially believed that the entire crew died quickly. However, what evidence later suggested that some survived in another area of the submarine for about four hours after the explosions? More...
Today's Birthday

James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady (1856)

Financier and philanthropist "Diamond Jim" Brady exemplified the American Dream. He started out as a bellboy and messenger before getting a job with the New York Central Railroad and then working his way up through the industry, eventually amassing a fortune selling railroad supplies. With his newfound wealth, he indulged in his two greatest weaknesses: food—one restaurant owner reportedly called him "the best 25 customers I ever had"—and jewels. What was supposedly a typical meal for Brady? More...
Quotation of the Day
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

out of (one's) shell

Less shy, reserved, or reticent and in a more sociable, outgoing, or enthusiastic state. More...
Today's Holiday

Hora at Prislop (2018)

The Hora is a dancing festival held at Mount Prislop at the Transylvania-Moldavia border in Romania. The dancers of the hora carry big rings that symbolize the friendship of the people of the regions of Moldavia, Maramures, and Transylvania. The top artistic groups gather at Prislop Pass to present a parade in colorful folk costumes and then a program of songs and dances, ending with the lively peasant horas. Typical food dishes of the area are served and folk art is on display. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plunge

emergency - Comes from Latin emergere (e-, "from," and mergere, "to dip, plunge") and first meant "unforeseen occurrence." More...

merge - From Latin mergere, it first meant "immerse (oneself)." More...

dunk - Came from Pennsylvania/German dunke, "dip," from German tunken, "dip or plunge." More...

plounce - To plunge into liquid. More...

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