Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020)
Word of the Day

absolutism

Definition:(noun) A form of government in which all power is vested in a single ruler or other authority.
Synonyms:dictatorship, monocracy, one-man rule, totalitarianism, tyranny, authoritarianism, despotism
Usage: Sir Robert Walpole, ruling the country with unscrupulous absolutism, had now put an end to the employment of literary men in public life.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adjuncts

Adjuncts are parts of a sentence that are used to elaborate on or modify other words or phrases in a sentence. What are misplaced modifiers? More...
Article of the Day

Dou Shou Qi

Popular with children, Dou Shou Qi, also known as Jungle Chess, is a traditional Chinese board game similar to chess and Stratego. Each player has eight pieces representing animals, including an elephant, lion, tiger, leopard, dog, wolf, cat, and rat. More powerful animals, such as the lion, can capture and eat weaker animals, such as the rat. The board itself is marked with traps, dens, and water areas, and some animals move across the board differently than others. How is the game won? More...
This Day in History

First American in Space (1961)

In 1961, 23 days after Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to be launched into space. Shepard's suborbital flight—part of the US space program Project Mercury—reached a height of 115 miles (185 km). He performed several maneuvers of his capsule, Freedom 7, but returned after only a 15-minute flight. Although Gagarin was the first human in space, Shepard was the first to return in what way? More...
Today's Birthday

Soren Kierkegaard (1813)

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian and is generally considered, along with Friedrich Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism. Much of Kierkegaard's work deals with religious problems, as he rejected organized Christianity and emphasized man's moral responsibility and freedom of choice. Kierkegaard stressed the importance of the self and argued that "subjectivity is truth" and "truth is subjectivity." Why did Kierkegaard publish many of his earlier works under pseudonyms? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called Man! Oh, the little that unhinges it: poor creatures that we are!

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

a sticky situation

A particularly awkward, embarrassing, precarious, or difficult situation or circumstance. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. More...
Today's Holiday

Dutch Liberation Day (2022)

Liberation Day, or National Day, in the Netherlands celebrates May 5, 1945, the day on which the Nazi forces were driven out of Holland by the Allies. Although the Dutch had succeeded in remaining neutral during World War I, the country was invaded by the Nazis in May 1940 and rapidly overrun. The liberation of Holland in 1945 was an important step toward the subsequent defeat of the Nazis. Many Dutch cities hold special concerts on this day. Special commemorations are held in Amsterdam and around the country on May 5 each year, as well as on May 4, Remembrance Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tides

river estuary - The mouth of a river that is influenced by the tides. More...

ebb - Suggests the receding of something (e.g. tides) that commonly comes and goes. More...

riptide - Is actually a current, not a tide. More...

canonical hours - The seven canonical hours of the church were called tides, and tide—from an Indo-European root meaning "to divide"—is used with other words to denote a definite interval of time: noontide, Eastertide, eventide, summertide, etc. More...

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