Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 25, 2018)
Word of the Day

trackless

Definition:(adjective) Lacking pathways.
Synonyms:pathless, roadless, untrodden
Usage: They had to traverse the most dreary and desolate mountains, and barren and trackless wastes, uninhabited by man, or occasionally infested by predatory and cruel savages.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Semi-Modal Auxiliary Verbs

Semi-modal auxiliary verbs are verbs that sometimes behave like modal auxiliary verbs. Like the "proper" modal verbs, they are used with the base form of verbs (the infinitive without "to") to create a unique meaning. What is the complete list of semi-modal verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Kapparos

Kapparos is a traditional Jewish ritual that takes place shortly before Yom Kippur, the most sacred Jewish holy day. The ritual is performed by holding a live chicken and swinging it around one's head three times, symbolically transferring one's sins to the chicken. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor, or the value of the chicken is given to charity. Supported by some rabbis but condemned by others, the practice remains controversial. What is recited when holding the chicken? More...
This Day in History

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)

The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888)

A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2018)

On October 25, 1983, the U.S. and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refuge

asylum - Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable." More...

bast - A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary. More...

harbor - First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities. More...

redoubt - Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold." More...

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