Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 15, 2015)
Word of the Day

perambulator

Definition:(noun) A small vehicle with four wheels in which a baby or child is pushed around.
Synonyms:stroller, baby buggy, pram, pushchair, go-cart, pusher, carriage
Usage: Charlotte is quite spoiled; each of her dolls has its own perambulator, parasol, and wardrobe.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs. What forms of verb tenses generally are not formed with stative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Genocide in Darfur

In 2003, political conflict between Darfur's government and rebel groups erupted when rebels killed 75 military personnel in a surprise raid. The government-backed Janjaweed have since destroyed countless villages and murdered their civilian inhabitants. One UN observer team reported that non-Arab villages were attacked, while Arab villages were unharmed. The mass media has termed the events in Darfur “genocide.” Most NGOs report 400,000 deaths in the region; how many people have been displaced? More...
This Day in History

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church has been an Alabama institution since 1873. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it served as an organizational headquarters, meeting site, and rallying point for blacks protesting racism in the South. This made it a target for the Ku Klux Klan, which arranged to bomb the church during Sunday services. Four young girls died in the attack and more than 20 others were injured. What sermon were congregants about to hear when the bombing took place? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
Boredom: the desire for desires.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

go to wrack and ruin

To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") More...
Today's Holiday

Costa Rica Independence Day (2018)

On this day in 1821, Costa Rica achieved independence after having been ruled by Spain since the early 1500s. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua also declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. On the evening of September 14, the president traditionally lights a torch representing liberty in the old capital city of Cartago and, on Independence Day, gives a speech to schoolchildren. There are more speeches and dancing in San José, the modern capital. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: houses

ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses. More...

row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses. More...

domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses. More...

vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity. More...

In the News

10000-Year-Old Stone Tools Found near Seattle

When real estate developers call in a team of archaeologists to survey the land prior to breaking ground, they're hoping for a routine, ho-hum report.That's not what they got at a planned mall construction site near Redmond, Washington. Instead, archaeologists ... More...
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