Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

derisive

Definition:(adjective) Abusing vocally; expressing contempt or ridicule.
Synonyms:gibelike, jeering, mocking, taunting
Usage: Dirk Stroeve was one of those persons whom…you cannot think of without derisive laughter or an embarrassed shrug of the shoulders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs (also known as state verbs) are verbs that describe a static condition, situation, or state of being. They are contrasted with action verbs. What forms of verb tenses generally are not formed with stative verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Nag Hammadi Library

Nag Hammadi is an Egyptian town where, in 1945, a large cache of gnostic texts in the Coptic language was discovered. The Nag Hammadi manuscripts, dating from the 4th century, consist of 53 works, including 12 codices of tractates, one loose tractate, and a copy of Plato's Republic. The codices include theological treatises, accounts of the life of Jesus, and predictions of the apocalypse. Why were some of the manuscripts intentionally burned after they were first discovered? More...
This Day in History

March of Dimes Established by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1938)

The March of Dimes is a US charity whose mission is to improve the health of babies. It was founded with the goal of eradicating polio, one of the most dreaded diseases of the 20th century, during the tenure of President Roosevelt, who himself contracted what was thought to be polio in 1921. The national, nonpartisan organization initially raised funds for research by urging the public to contribute a dime to the effort and came to be called the March of Dimes, but its original name was what? More...
Today's Birthday

Cicero (106 BCE)

Cicero was a statesman, philosopher, unsurpassed master of Latin prose, and one of Rome's greatest orators. His writings introduced the Romans to Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary. He was a prolific author, and his letters reveal a wealth of information about Roman life and politics. As an active politician and leader of the senatorial party, he was at times hailed as a hero, but he also made enemies who contributed to his exile and, later, his execution for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
A child miseducated is a child lost.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

be thrilled to death

To be ecstatic; to be very pleased and excited. More...
Today's Holiday

Compitalia (2019)

The Compitalia were festivals celebrated in ancient Rome in early January (between the 3rd and the 5th, according to some accounts) in honor of the lares, or deities of the household farm and family. Compita were places where roads crossed each other and were considered sacred, and people would hold sacrifices there at the end of the agricultural year. Sometimes farmers would also hang a broken plough there to indicate that a job was done. The spirit of the ancient festival survived in Plough Monday, an occasion for servants to celebrate the completion of their ploughing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: treasure

hamper - A food basket for a picnic, it is a phonetic reduction of the word hanaper, "plate basket," or "repository for treasure." More...

garrison - At first, it meant "store, treasure." More...

treasure - Based on Greek thesauros. More...

treasure trove - From French, literally meaning "found treasure." More...

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