Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, December 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

vagrant

Definition:(noun) One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood.
Synonyms:drifter, vagabond, floater
Usage: When things started disappearing from their backyard, they began to suspect the vagrant who had recently been spotted in the neighborhood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Continuous Aspect

The continuous aspect is a subclass of the imperfective that emphasizes the progressive nature of the verb, looking at it as an incomplete action in progress over a specific period of time. The continuous aspect does not indicate the duration of the action, nor how often it occurs. Instead, it shows what? More...
Article of the Day

Orphanages

Orphanages have existed since the first century. Often depicted in works of fiction as cold, abusive institutions, orphanages largely fell out of favor in the 1950s, following a series of abuse and coercion scandals. Many countries then began to close such facilities in favor of foster care and accelerated adoption, leading to a dramatic rise in the number of citizens from so-called First-World countries who travel to the Third World to adopt. Where was the first orphanage in the US located? More...
This Day in History

Tragedy at Sea: MV Doña Paz Passenger Ferry Sinks (1987)

The passenger ferry MV Doña Paz was traveling along the Tablas Strait in the Philippines when it collided with the MT Vector, an oil tanker carrying 8,800 barrels of petroleum products. The cargo ignited, causing a fire that spread onto the Doña Paz. Survivors had to jump ship, and both vessels quickly sank in shark-infested waters. The accident claimed over 4,000 lives, as the Doña Paz was grossly overcrowded. How many passengers was it supposed to hold? More...
Today's Birthday

Branch Wesley Rickey (1881)

Rickey was an American baseball executive. In 1919, he devised baseball's farm system of using minor-league teams to train major-league players. In 1945, after he took over the Brooklyn Dodgers, he defied convention and broke a long-standing race barrier by hiring Jackie Robinson, the first black player in the major leagues. A deeply religious man, the "Mahatma"—as Rickey was popularly known—never played, attended, or managed games on Sundays. What protective gear did he introduce to baseball? More...
Quotation of the Day
I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

Idiom of the Day

thanks for nothing!

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2018)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"). More than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: withdraw

anchorite - Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw." More...

cease, cede - Cease and cede come from Latin cedere, "go away, withdraw." More...

retire - From French retirer, from re-, "back" and tirer, "throw," its first sense was "withdraw to a place of safety or seclusion." More...

take for the kitchen - To withdraw from a conversation or to remain silent. More...

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