Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

apologist

Definition:(noun) A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.
Synonyms:vindicator, justifier
Usage: English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the simple present tense) is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Why is it called the present "simple"? More...
Article of the Day

Cesar Millan: A Dog's Best Friend

Dog Whisperer is a National Geographic Channel reality TV series in which Cesar Millan, a self-proclaimed dog behaviorist, rehabilitates unruly dogs and teaches their owners proper canine training techniques. Though he has no formal certification, Millan believes his early observations of his family's farm dogs give him unique insight into pack mentality. In 2006, Millan published Cesar's Way, a guide to dog psychology. What are the three principles of Millan's training philosophy? More...
This Day in History

The Royal Air Force Sinks German Battleship Tirpitz (1944)

The German Tirpitz, sister ship of the similarly ill-fated Bismarck, was the largest battleship ever built in Europe. Though she was sent to waters around German-occupied Norway and never really saw action in World War II, her mere presence threatened Allied convoys and tied up their naval resources. The Allies therefore launched numerous attacks on the Tirpitz in an effort to destroy her. What was the final Allied operation called? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeanne Mance (1606)

Mance was a member of a French association that planned a utopian colony at Montreal. With the support of the French queen, Anne of Austria, she sailed with the first settlers in 1641. Mance, who had cared for victims of the Thirty Years War and the plague while in France, opened Montreal's first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, in 1644. In 1650, she visited France and returned with a large donation meant to fund the hospital. Rather than use it for its intended purpose, Mance did what with the money? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

stack Z's

To get some sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Annakut Festival (Govardhan Puja) (2018)

This Hindu festival is observed on the day following Dewali in northern India. It celebrates an event in Krishna's life in which he lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger for seven days, to protect the cows and people of Vrindavana against the deluge of rain sent by Indra, god of the heavens and rains. People come to the nearby town of Vrindavan from all over India to visit and worship at Mount Govardhan on this day. Hindus all over the world celebrate this day by preparing hundreds of different food dishes and taking them to temples to offer to the gods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tricks

snow park - An area of a piste, or ski trail, created for snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. More...

intricate - From Latin in-, "into," and tricae, "tricks, perplexities." More...

monkeyshines - A combination of monkey and shines, "capers, tricks." More...

whist - The game was originally called whisk, from "whisking away" the cards after the tricks had been taken. More...

In the News

Why Did Those Giant Rats Go Extinct? And Could They Come Back?

“Rodents of unusual size? I don’t think they exist,” says Westley, the young heroic lead in "The Princess Bride," an instant before he gets tackled by a rat the size of a bear. Turns out the 1987 cult classic film has some reality behind it. Though a ... More...
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