Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 18, 2021)
Word of the Day

cock-a-hoop

Definition:(adjective) Exhibiting self-importance.
Synonyms:boastful, braggart, crowing, self-aggrandizing, big
Usage: I didn't mean to be cock-a-hoop about my promotion, but I couldn't help telling everyone I encountered!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Complements

Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. Complements act like modifiers to add additional meaning to the word or words they are attached to. Are complements always part of the subject or the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

"They Shall Not Pass!"

The phrase "they shall not pass" has been used in several languages to express fortitude in defending a position against the enemy. Its most famous use was by French General Robert Nivelle in World War I during the Battle of Verdun. The Spanish "no pasarán" became an international communist slogan after it was used in 1936 by an antifascist leader in Spain defending against nationalist forces laying siege to Madrid. How did the nationalist leader allegedly respond upon taking the city? More...
This Day in History

Lon Nol Ousts Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia (1970)

Nol became defense minister and army chief of staff in Norodom Sihanouk's Cambodian government in 1955 and later served as premier under him. In 1970, he led the coup that deposed Sihanouk and assumed control of the government. His unsuccessful attempts at suppressing the Communist Khmer Rouge guerillas plunged the country into civil war, and he fled the country in 1975 with the Communist takeover imminent. What prompted Nol to resort to the use of "magic sand" as a military defense? More...
Today's Birthday

Frederik Willem de Klerk (1936)

The last state president of South Africa, de Klerk served from 1989 to 1994. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa's racial segregation policy, and beginning the process of drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of "one person, one vote." As president, de Klerk moved quickly to free political prisoners, and, in 1991, he obtained the repeal of all remaining apartheid laws. With whom did de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

sleep rough

To sleep outside at night, usually because one has no home or shelter. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Congo National Days (2022)

The Republic of the Congo has two historical holidays in addition to its independence day: the assassination of President Marien Ngouabi on March 18, 1977, and the beginning of the civil war on June 5, 1997, which restored President Denis Sassou-Nguesso to power. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: husk

beer nut - A peanut served with its husk but not its shell. More...

brown sugar, brown rice - Brown sugar is unrefined or partially refined; brown rice is unpolished with only the husk removed. More...

husk - A shortening of Dutch huisken, "little house." More...

paddy - As in "field," it is from a Malay word meaning "rice in the straw or husk" (making rice paddy redundant). More...

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