Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, December 20, 2018)
Word of the Day

finicky

Definition:(adjective) Excessively particular, as in tastes or standards.
Synonyms:picky, fussy
Usage: She is incredibly finicky about her food and will not eat anything prepared by a stranger.
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

Funk

Characterized by a syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line, funk is a musical style that originated in the US in the 1960s when African-American musicians blended soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues into a danceable new form of music. Following the popularity of Motown artists like The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The Supremes in the 60s, funk emerged with artists such as James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, and George Clinton. More recently, funk has been fused with what genres? 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

Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (1894)

A successful lawyer, Menzies gave up his practice to pursue a career in politics and eventually became Australia's longest continuously serving prime minister. He started out in the House of Representatives in 1934 and served as attorney general until 1939, when he became leader of the United Australia party and prime minister. In 1941, his party lost the election, but in 1949 he again became prime minister and this time remained in office until his retirement in 1966, on what national holiday? More...
Quotation of the Day
It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

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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