Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 9, 2019)
Word of the Day

habitant

Definition:(noun) A person who inhabits a particular place.
Synonyms:denizen, dweller
Usage: The cave's only habitant appeared filthy and unshaven, suggesting that he had been living there for some time.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Emphasizing Duration with the Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous is especially useful for putting emphasis on the length of time that has passed while something is happening. What is the present perfect continuous verb in the following sentence? "They have been studying for three weeks for this exam." More...
Article of the Day

The Hobo Nickel

Hobo nickels are sculptural artworks created on small denomination coins, particularly US nickels, long favored by coin engravers because of their size, thickness, and softness. When the Indian head, or buffalo, nickel was introduced in the US in 1913, its large, thick profile gave artists a larger template to work on and allowed for finer detail. Due to its low cost and portability, this medium was particularly popular among hobos, hence the name. What images appear on classic hobo nickels? More...
This Day in History

The Phantom of the Opera Premieres in London (1986)

Based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London in 1986. In 2010, it celebrated its 10,000th performance at the same venue. It opened in New York in 1988, and went on to become the longest-running musical on Broadway. It is also the most financially successful entertainment project of all time, having earned billions of dollars. What is the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Dreyfus (1859)

In 1894, French Army intelligence discovered that military secrets were being leaked to Germany. Dreyfus, a Jewish captain in the French Army, was blamed and convicted—twice—on insufficient and forged evidence. He was imprisoned on Devil's Island. The affair became a national scandal amid reports that the army, permeated by anti-Semitism, had covered up evidence of his innocence. He was pardoned by the president in 1899 and cleared by a civilian court in 1906. Who was probably the real traitor? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is well known that Beauty does not look with a good grace on the timid advances of Humor.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

inside and out

Thoroughly; down to the last detail. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Guru Ram Das (2020)

Ram Das (1534-1581) was the fourth of the ten Sikh gurus and the son-in-law of Amar Das, the third guru. After he was chosen to succeed his father-in-law, his name was changed from Bhai Jetha to Ram Das, which means "God's Servant." His birthday is celebrated during the month of Asun (September-October) in Sikh gurdwaras, or houses of worship, with prayers, the singing of hymns, and with readings from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scriptures. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: opera

opera - Actually the Latin plural of opus, "labor, work." More...

prima donna - Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834. More...

primo vomo - The principal male singer in an opera. More...

soap opera - Goes back (1939) to the early days of radio suspense serials, which were mainly sponsored by soap-makers; the "opera" part is an echo of the earlier "horse opera"—a Western (1927). More...

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