Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, February 8, 2020)
Word of the Day

veracious

Definition:(adjective) Precisely accurate.
Synonyms:right
Usage: The trial transcript provides me with a veracious account of all that transpired in the courtroom.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Restrictive Appositives

Appositives that are necessary for the sentence's meaning are known as "restrictive appositives." What type of noun often acts as a restrictive appositive? More...
Article of the Day

The House of Esterházy

The House of Esterházy was a Hungarian noble family that rose to prominence in the Middle Ages and had, by the 18th century, acquired the most land of any family in the Habsburg Empire and accumulated more wealth than the emperor himself. Esterházys held important governmental, ecclesiastical, diplomatic, and military posts in Hungary well into the 20th century. One of the most generous art patrons of all time, Nikolaus Joseph Esterházy built Esterházy palace and supported what famous composer? More...
This Day in History

NASDAQ Stock Market Begins Trading (1971)

When the NASDAQ stock exchange began trading in 1971, it was the world's first electronic stock market. Founded in New York by the National Association of Securities Dealers, NASDAQ initially existed as computer bulletin board system that did not yet connect buyers and sellers. Today, it lists more companies and has more trading volume than any other US electronic stock exchange. In 2007, NASDAQ acquired the oldest stock exchange in America for $652 million. Which exchange did NASDAQ buy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jules Gabriel Verne (1828)

Verne was a French novelist credited with originating the modern genre of science fiction. Early on, he was interested in theater and wrote librettos for operas. Later, he drew upon his knowledge of science and geography to write romances of extraordinary journeys, which quickly became very popular. He wrote more than 50 books in his lifetime, including A Journey to the Center of the Earth and Around the World in Eighty Days. Why did Verne's nephew shoot him in the leg in 1886? More...
Quotation of the Day
A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives—of approving of some and disapproving of others.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

grasp in the dark

To seek out a solution, meaning, or sense of purpose in a blind, aimless, or uncertain manner. Often used in the progressive tense. More...
Today's Holiday

Torch Fights (2020)

Torch fights are still popular in some rural areas in Korea to celebrate the first full moon of the Lunar New Year (Sol). Neighboring farming villages form their own teams and fight each other with torches made of burning bundles of straw. A hill is usually the designated battleground, and the torch-bearers gather there and wait for the full moon to rise, at which point a gong signals the beginning of the battle. Members of each team rush their opponents, brandishing their lit torches. While no one usually gets hurt in this game, participants generally go home with singed hair and clothing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wire

muselet - The wire that holds a champagne cork in place. More...

reinforced concrete - Has wire or metal bars embedded to increase its tensile strength. More...

down to the wire - Alludes to the imaginary wire at the finish line in a horse race. More...

under the wire - Meaning "just in time," it is also from horse racing. More...

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