Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 22, 2016)
Word of the Day

cannoneer

Definition:(noun) A serviceman in the artillery.
Synonyms:gunner, artilleryman
Usage: You were a cannoneer that day there, and you were among the first to enter the accursed fortress when it fell.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Terezín

The fortress of Terezín was constructed in the late 18th century in what is now the Czech Republic. In the early 1900s, it held famed prisoner Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated the Archduke of Austria, causing the outbreak of WWI. The Nazis took control of Terezín in 1940 and quickly turned it into concentration camp called Theresienstadt. The camp was presented to the outside world as a model Jewish settlement, but of the approximately 144,000 Jews sent to Theresienstadt, how many survived? More...
This Day in History

The January Uprising Begins (1863)

The January Uprising began as a spontaneous rebellion of young Poles in Russian Poland against conscription into the Imperial Russian Army. They were soon joined by Lithuanians living in the territory, but they were severely outnumbered and isolated, and they failed to win any major victories or capture any major cities. The Russians crushed the uprising and began an intensive program of Russification. During the uprising, Russian soldiers are said to have defenestrated what composer's piano? More...
Today's Birthday

Johan August Strindberg (1849)

Strindberg was a master of the Swedish language and an innovator of dramatic and literary styles. He achieved renown with the novel The Red Room, in which he satirized hypocrisy in Swedish life. It helped initiate Swedish realism and revealed his remarkable style, which he developed in an impressive assortment of novels, plays, stories, histories, and poems. Which of Strindberg's plays, now considered the first modern Swedish drama, was originally rejected by the national theater? More...
Quotation of the Day
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

happen by

To appear, arrive, pass, or come upon casually or by chance. More...
Today's Holiday

Australian Open Tennis (2020)

The Australian Open is the year's first event in the Grand Slam of tennis. It is played on synthetic hard courts in Melbourne, Australia, and known officially as the Australian Championships. The championship for men began in 1905, and the women's championship in 1922. The matches became an "open" (to both amateurs and professionals) in 1969. Margaret Smith Court, an Australian known for her powerful serve and volley, is the all-time champion in the women's division of the open; she won the title 11 times between 1960 and 1973. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tobacco

blend - A combination of different types or grades of fabric, spirits, tea, tobacco, etc. More...

tabac - A color, from the French for tobacco. More...

cud, quid - The etymological base of cud appears to be "glutinous substance"; quid—"piece of tobacco for chewing"—is a variant of cud. More...

petunia - It is related to the tobacco plant, hence its name, from Portuguese petum, "tobacco." More...

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