Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 11, 2021)
Word of the Day

louche

Definition:(adjective) Of questionable taste or morality.
Synonyms:shady
Usage: It did not surprise me that the owner of that louche nightclub downtown was arrested for selling illegal drugs to the patrons.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Zero Conditional

The zero conditional refers to conditional sentences in which the "if clause" and the main clause both contain conditional verbs that are in the simple present tense. What is the zero conditional used to talk about? More...
Article of the Day

The Siloam Inscription

Around the 8th century BCE, King Hezekiah of Jerusalem became concerned that if the Assyrians laid siege to his city, they could cut off the Gihon Spring—a major source of fresh water—from outside the city walls. He ordered that the spring be redirected through a deep subterranean tunnel. The tunnel was discovered by an archaeologist in 1838, but it was a curious youth who found an inscription—one of the oldest examples of written Hebrew in existence—set into the tunnel wall. What does it say? More...
This Day in History

Bureau of Indian Affairs Created (1824)

Though the Bureau of Indian Affairs was given jurisdiction over trade with Native Americans and was responsible for protecting them from exploitation, it had little success safeguarding Native American rights and, instead, evolved primarily into a land-administering agency. It now acts as trustee over Native American funds and lands, promotes development, and provides Native Americans with various social services. How was the Bureau involved in a class-action lawsuit against the US government? More...
Today's Birthday

Rupert Murdoch (1931)

Australian-American publishing magnate Rupert Murdoch established News Corporation as a holding company, but it has since developed into a worldwide communications empire. Included among the many assets of Murdoch's News Corporation are powerful media holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other British papers; and the New York Post, TV Guide, and HarperCollins book publishers in the US. What scandal rocked Murdoch's company in 2011? More...
Quotation of the Day
Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

ride the rail(s)

To travel on a vehicle mounted on rails (especially a train or streetcar). More...
Today's Holiday

Lithuania Restoration of Statehood Day (2022)

Lithuania had been independent for only 12 years when the Soviets occupied the country in 1940. The people voted for self-rule in February 1990, and the new democratically elected parliament declared independence from the USSR on March 11, 1990. Restoration of Statehood Day is an official holiday in Lithuania. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: saddle

apishamore - A blanket used under a saddle. More...

col - A saddle between two mountain peaks, from Latin collum, "neck." More...

caparison - A cloth or covering spread over the saddle or harness of a horse, often ornamented; this word can also mean "housings, trappings." More...

larigos - The rings on a saddle through which the straps pass. More...

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