Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 24, 2016)
Word of the Day

daiquiri

Definition:(noun) An iced cocktail of rum, lime or lemon juice, and sugar.
Synonyms:rum cocktail
Usage: They knew he was lying about being a bartender when he was unable to correctly mix a daiquiri.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Articles

Articles identify whether a noun is definite (specific or particular) or indefinite (general or unspecific). What are the three articles? More...
Article of the Day

Persian Miniatures

Persian miniatures are small paintings with themes that often depict concepts from Persian mythology and poetry. The best-known form of Persian painting in the West, miniature painting became a significant Persian art form in the 13th century, peaking in the 15th and 16th centuries. Likely influenced by the Western and Byzantine traditions of manuscript illumination, Persian miniature is characterized by the use of geometry and a vivid palette. What other culture heavily influenced the art form? More...
This Day in History

The United Nations Is Formally Established (1945)

The United Nations (UN) is an international organization founded to promote peace, security, and economic development. Representatives from the US, the UK, the Soviet Union, and China first met in 1944 to discuss the problems involved in creating such an agency, and the results of their talks became the basis for the UN Charter that was ratified in 1945. Established immediately after WWII, it replaced the essentially powerless League of Nations. Who first coined the term "United Nations"? More...
Today's Birthday

The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London's East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More...
Quotation of the Day
To depend upon a profession is a less odious form of slavery than to depend upon a father.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

park the bus

In football (soccer), to employ all (or nearly all) of a team's active players in defending its own side of the pitch. More...
Today's Holiday

United Nations Day (2018)

The international peacekeeping organization known as the United Nations was formally established on October 24, 1945, in the wake of World War II. Each member nation observes October 24, and in some places the entire week is known as United Nations Week. In the United States, events taking place on this day include parades, international fairs, and dinners featuring foods from different countries. Schools frequently observe United Nations Day by holding folk festivals that teach students the music, songs, and dances of different countries. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pancake

blin - As in blini and blintze, it is Russian for "pancake." More...

blintz, blintze - Blintz(e) is from Russian blinets, "little pancake." More...

cake - A Viking contribution, from Old Norse kaka, it is related to "cook"; cake first meant small, flat bread roll baked on both sides by being turned—as in pancake or potato cake. More...

omelet, omelette - Omelet has also been written omelette, amulet, and aumelet; omelet's root sense is "thin layer" or "crepe," and it was first described in English as a "pancake of eggs." More...

In the News

Researchers Use Nose Cells to Repair Damaged Knee Joints

In a new approach to treat damage to articular cartilage, Swiss researchers successfully used cells harvested from the nose to engineer grafts to replace damaged knee cartilage in a small group of patients. The early-stage study on 10 patients aged 18 ... More...
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