Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, May 14, 2015)
Word of the Day

torrid

Definition:(adjective) Scorching; burning.
Synonyms:fervent, fiery, ardent, burning
Usage: The torrid noonday sun shone down on the travelers in the desert.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Imperative Mood

Although we can use the subjunctive mood to express commands or requests, it is becoming less common in modern English. Instead, we usually use the imperative mood to form imperative sentences when we want to issue direct orders, commands, or general instructions. Why is the imperative considered an irrealis mood? More...
Article of the Day

The Black Death

The Black Death was a form of bubonic plague that was pandemic throughout Europe, the Middle East, and much of Asia in the 14th century. Thought to have been caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, it killed between one-third and half of Europe's population and at least 75 million people worldwide. Recently, it has been argued that the Black Death was not caused by bubonic plague, at all, but by what? More...
This Day in History

Rockefeller Foundation Established (1913)

The Rockefeller Foundation is a private philanthropic organization established by John D. Rockefeller to promote "the well-being of mankind throughout the world." Its first grant was issued to the American Red Cross, and over the years, it has donated more than $14 billion in grants to fund medical research, education, agriculture, and work in a number of other fields. Before and during WWII, it worked to bring scholars and artists persecuted by the Nazis to the US. Who was saved in this way? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316)

Charles IV was a 14th-century Holy Roman Emperor, German king, and king of Bohemia. He was educated at the French court and fought the English at Crécy, where the heroic death of his father, John of Luxemburg, made him king of Bohemia. Pope Clement VI, to whom he had promised far-reaching concessions, helped secure his election as anti-king to Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV. After the death of Louis in 1347, Charles claimed the crown. He is considered the father of what modern-day nation? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is greater than the stars - that moving procession of human energy; greater than the palpitating earth and the things growing thereon.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904)

Idiom of the Day

(in) up to (one's) eye(ball)s

Extremely busy; deeply involved or engrossed (in or with something). More...
Today's Holiday

Carabao Festival (2017)

The Carabao Festival is a feast in honor of San Isidro Labrador (St. Isidore the Farmer), the patron saint of Filipino farmers, held in Pulilan, Bulacan province, the Philippines. The feast also honors the carabao, or water buffalo, the universal beast of burden of the Philippines. Farmers decorate their carabao with flowers to parade with the image of San Isidro. The festival is also marked by exploding firecrackers and the performance of the Bamboo Dance, where dancers represent the tinikling bird, a menace to the rice crop. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: steer

coxswain - Originally a servant (swain) whose job it was to steer a boat (cock or cockboat). More...

govern - From Greek kubernan, "to steer." More...

con - To con a ship is to steer it; to con is also "to learn by heart or study attentively." More...

helm - A nautical term meaning "to steer." More...

In the News

"Pollen Tsunami" Causing Misery in the Northeast

Move over, pollen vortex, the pollen tsunami is here. A ferocious winter, delayed spring and even the beginnings of climate change have created a "pollen tsunami" that is slamming allergy sufferers in the Northeast, says one expert. advertisement. Oak and ... More...
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