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Word of the Day



Definition: (noun) Insincere or grossly sentimental pathos.
Usage:The opera's conclusion was emotional to the point of bathos, with the soprano dying heroically to save her lover. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson


Punctuating Direct Speech

Direct speech refers to the direct quotation of something that someone else said. When we use direct speech in writing, how do we indicate it? More... Discuss

Article of the Day


The Assembly Line

The assembly line is a method of manufacturing wherein various mass-produced, identical parts are assembled in a sequential manner to create an end product. The division of labor into simple, individual tasks allows relatively unskilled laborers to serially add pieces together to quickly create a final product that they usually do not get to see. Though 20th-century automaker Henry Ford is often credited with introducing the modern assembly line, crude precursors date all the way back to when? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Robinson Crusoe Is Published (1719)

Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is a fictional autobiography of the eponymous English castaway marooned on a desert island for 28 years. During this time, Crusoe encounters cannibals, captives, and mutineers and endures endless hardships while preserving his human integrity. The first volume of Defoe's Crusoe story was published in 1719 and garnered immediate acclaim. It is considered by some critics to be the first true English novel. What is the book's full title? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Oliver Cromwell (1599)

A controversial figure in English history, Cromwell was a leader of the parliamentary forces that battled the royalists in the English Civil War. After the execution of Charles I in 1649, Cromwell became lord protector and virtual dictator of England and raised his country's status once more to that of a leading European power by means of a strict military administration and the enforcement of the Puritan moral code. What did the royalists do to his corpse when they returned to power in 1660? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss


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Grammar Quiz

Merely is a focusing adverb that stresses ________.

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n. the cardinal number that is the sum of three and one
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Today's Holiday


Portugal Liberation Day

Liberation Day, or Liberty Day, is a public holiday commemorating the military coup on this day in 1974 that removed Marcello Caetano (1906-1980) from power, reflecting the opposition of many Portuguese to their government's military policies and wars in Africa. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

set (someone) by the ears

To cause (someone, generally a group of two or more people) to engage in a squabble, dispute, or altercation. More... Discuss