Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 27, 2019)
Word of the Day

thin-skinned

Definition:(adjective) Quick to take offense.
Synonyms:huffy, touchy, feisty
Usage: My thin-skinned students often mistake my constructive criticism for personal attacks.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Action Verbs

Action verbs (also known as dynamic verbs) are verbs that are used to explain what the subject of a sentence is actively doing. What is a stative verb? More...
Article of the Day

The Tower of London

The Tower of London is an ancient fortress covering approximately 13 acres (5.3 hectares) on the northern bank of the River Thames. The central keep, known as the White Tower because it was built of limestone, was begun around 1078 by William I the Conqueror and became the nucleus of a series of concentric defenses. The Tower, now used mainly as a museum, was a royal residence in the Middle Ages and later a jail for illustrious prisoners such as Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes, and what future queen? More...
This Day in History

Air France Flight 139 Hijacked (1976)

In 1976, a plane en route from Israel to France was hijacked by members of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and flown to Entebbe, Uganda. The hijackers released 258 non-Israeli passengers and held the rest, demanding that Israel release 53 imprisoned PLO members. In response, Israel transported more than 100 commandos to Uganda. In what is now known as the Entebbe raid, seven hijackers, one soldier, and three hostages were killed and how many hostages were rescued? More...
Today's Birthday

Emma Goldman (1869)

Goldman was an American anarchist. She became active in the movement after 1889, and her speeches began to attract attention throughout the US. In 1893, she was imprisoned for inciting a riot. She was also imprisoned in 1916 for publicly advocating birth control and again in 1917 for obstructing the draft. She was deported to Russia in 1919 but left in 1921 because of her disagreement with the Bolshevik government. She was permitted to reenter the US for a lecture tour in 1934 on what condition? More...
Quotation of the Day
When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

caught unawares

To be surprised by someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Tajikistan Day of National Unity (2019)

On June 27, 1997, a treaty was signed between Islamic rebels and the Russian-backed Tajikistan government, bringing to an end a five-year-long civil war. The day is remembered as the Day of National Unity. On the Day of National Unity in 2007, the Tajik parliament passed a law granting amnesty to all rebels who had fought against the government, provided they had not committed murder, rape, human or drug trafficking, or terrorism. Some 2,000 prison inmates were released under the new law. The 2007 commemoration also marked the opening of 11 new buildings in the city of Dushanbe. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: idleness

honky-tonk - May come from the New England dialect word honk, "to idle about," and is a rhyming duplication. More...

libberwort - Food or drink that makes one idle and stupid, food of no nutritional value, i.e. junk food. More...

ignavia, ignavy - Idleness or sloth can be described as ignavia or ignavy. More...

otiosity - Another word for leisure or idleness. More...

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