Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, May 13, 2017)
Word of the Day

perdition

Definition:(noun) The abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment.
Synonyms:Hell, infernal region, nether region, the pit, Inferno
Usage: She feared the fires of perdition and listened closely to the preacher's sermon about purity of heart and avoiding sin.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Commonly Paired Adjectives and Prepositions

There are no definite rules when it comes to combining adjectives with prepositions. What is the best way to learn correct adjective and preposition combinations? More...
Article of the Day

Petrosomatoglyphs

Petrosomatoglyphs are naturally-occurring or man-made representations of human or animal body parts that are found incised in rock. Footprints are the most common form of petrosomatoglyph. The ancient images, some of which date back to megalithic times, were once considered important symbols and were used in both religious and secular ceremonies. Throughout history, these imprints have been attributed to numerous figures, including the devil, Jesus, the prophet Mohammed, and what legendary king? More...
This Day in History

Pope John Paul II Shot in Vatican City (1981)

In 1981, Pope John Paul II was shot in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square by Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca, who was captured and imprisoned. Although the pontiff was shot in the stomach, he recovered and publicly forgave his would-be assassin. In spite of the physical setback caused by the shooting, he continued to travel widely, eventually visiting 129 nations and increasing the international character of the papacy. What now marks the site of the shooting in St. Peter's Square? More...
Today's Birthday

Jim Jones (1931)

An influential Indianapolis preacher, Jones formed the People's Temple in 1955. After he became the subject of criminal investigations, particularly regarding his alleged diversion of cult members' donations for his personal use, he and about 1,000 followers relocated to Jonestown, Guyana, in 1977. In 1978, cult members killed US Representative Leo Ryan and four others during an investigatory visit. The next day, Jones orchestrated the mass murder-suicide of how many of his followers? More...
Quotation of the Day
Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English a deadly poison. A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

(as) nice as ninepence

Very tidy, neat, and well-organized; in good order. More...
Today's Holiday

Kattestoet (Festival of the Cats) (2018)

A peculiar celebration to commemorate an event involving cats, Kattestoet is held in Ypres, West Flanders, Belgium. In the celebration today, about 2,000 people, dressed as cats, witches, and giants, march in a parade to the tune of bagpipes. Floats depict the history of the town and of feline figures—Puss in Boots, the Egyptian cat-headed goddess Bast, and others. The climax of the celebration comes when a jester throws toy witches and stuffed cloth cats from the town belfry. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: overcome

convince - Started out meaning "overcome, conquer." More...

evict - First meant "conquer, overcome." More...

exflunct - To overcome or beat thoroughly—or to use up completely. More...

profligate - To overcome or overthrow. More...

In the News

Avocado Hand: Slicing for Guacamole Sends People to the Hospital

Avocados are known for their unique taste and health benefits but there appears to be a downside to eating this fruit. It comes with a potential hazard for people who do not know how to properly prepare and slice this guacamole ingredient. Doctors and ... More...
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