Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 23, 2021)
Word of the Day

seclude

Definition:(verb) Keep away from others.
Synonyms:sequester, withdraw
Usage: During my moody teenage years, I would often seclude myself in my room to brood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verbs are verb phrases that have idiomatic meanings—that is, their meaning is not obvious from the individual words that make up the phrase. What parts of speech typically make up a phrasal verb? More...
Article of the Day

German East Africa

Nearly three times the size of modern-day Germany, German East Africa was a colony that spanned what is now Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. German commercial agents arrived in the area in 1884. In less than a decade, the German government took control of the area and began establishing plantations and railroad and harbor projects. Discontent with their administration led to widespread rebellion, but the revolt was unsuccessful. When did Germany lose control of the colony? More...
This Day in History

"New Coke" Introduced (1985)

"New" Coke was the sweeter drink introduced in 1985 by The Coca-Cola Company to replace its flagship soda, Coca-Cola. The move was intended to cater to an apparent public preference for a sweeter soft drink and to combat Pepsi's growing popularity. Public reaction was devastating, with thousands voicing disapproval, and the new cola quickly entered the pantheon of major marketing flops. What happened when Coke's original formula, renamed "Coca-Cola Classic," was reintroduced? More...
Today's Birthday

William Shakespeare (1564)

Though his true date of birth remains unknown, the birthday of famed playwright and poet William Shakespeare is traditionally observed on April 23, the same day on which he died 52 years later. Since his death, his plays, such as Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, have been performed and studied all over the world. Some scholars have speculated that Shakespeare did not write all of the works attributed to him. Who do they suggest was responsible for authoring the Shakespearean canon? More...
Quotation of the Day
Appeal, v.t.: In law, to put the dice into the box for another throw.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

salad years

A carefree time of youthful innocence, ingenuousness, and inexperience. A variant of the more common "salad days," which itself is taken from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. More...
Today's Holiday

Shakespeare's Birthday (2022)

No one really knows the exact date of William Shakespeare's birth, although he was baptized on April 26, 1564, and died on April 23, 1616. April 23 is also St. George's Day, and this may be why it was decided to observe the birth of England's greatest poet and dramatist on the feast day of England's patron saint. Special pageants are held at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, where Shakespeare was born and where thousands of tourists go each year to see his plays performed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: summit

colophon - A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke." More...

knoll - The summit or rounded top of a mountain or hill, it seems to derive from Old Teutonic knoo-lo, meaning "ball, clod, knot." More...

acrobat - Derived from Greek akrobatos, "walking on tiptoe," from Greek akron, "summit," and baino, "walk." More...

knap - The crest or summit of a hill. More...

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