Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 17, 2015)
Word of the Day

excoriate

Definition:(verb) To censure strongly.
Synonyms:abrade, condemn, denounce
Usage: The newspaper printed an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Nouns of Address

Nouns of address (also known as vocatives, nominatives of address, or nouns of direct address) identify the person or group being directly spoken to. Like interjections, they are grammatically unrelated to the rest of the sentence—that is, they don’t modify or affect any other part of it. Instead, they are used to let the listener or reader know who you are addressing, or to do what? More...
Article of the Day

Keffiyeh

The keffiyeh is a traditional Arab headdress, made of a square of cloth that is folded and wrapped in various styles around the head. It is commonly worn in areas with arid climates as protection from direct sun exposure and blown dust and sand. The plain white keffiyeh is popular in the Gulf states, while the red-and-white keffiyeh is most strongly associated with what country? More...
This Day in History

Last French Troops Leave Syria (1946)

Though France proclaimed Syria an independent republic in 1941, its troops were not withdrawn until 1946, after over 25 years of occupation. The occupation began in 1920, when the League of Nations gave the French a mandate over the Levant States—roughly present-day Syria and Lebanon. Within years, the Syrian resistance to French colonial rule became a full-scale revolt. A 1936 treaty promised Syrian independence, but it did not come to fruition. What finally brought about the occupation's end? More...
Today's Birthday

Artur Schnabel (1882)

Schnabel was an Austrian-American pianist best known for his interpretations of Beethoven's piano works. Based in Berlin from 1900 to 1933, he composed, taught, and gave legendary performances of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert for centenary celebrations. In the 1930s, he became the first to record the complete Beethoven cycle. During the Nazi period, he moved to London, then to the US. Though his own compositions are less known, they are revered by serious pianists. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions and instructive experiments to light.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

have (got) (someone's) back

To be willing and prepared to help or defend someone; to look out for someone in case he or she needs assistance. More...
Today's Holiday

Maimuna (2020)

Jews in North Africa commemorate the philosopher and rabbi Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) on the evening of the last day of Passover and the day that follows. In Morocco, special displays of food are arranged on tables, including bowls of flour with eggs, broad green beans, stalks of wheat, and dates. Surrounding the bowls are honey, fruit, nuts, cookies, lettuce, wine, and a type of pancake known as muflita. After going to the synagogue, people stop to bless their friends and sample the refreshments at each home. Wherever possible, people dip their feet in streams, rivers, or the sea. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sluggish

lusk - Means lazy or sluggish. More...

phlegmatic - First meant "abounding in phlegm" and now more commonly means "not easily excited; lacking enthusiasm; dull, sluggish"—supposedly the type of character one has from having an overabundance of phlegm. More...

sulk - A back-formation of sulky, from obsolete sulke, "sluggish." More...

drumble - To move in a slow, sluggish way. More...

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