Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 18, 2015)
Word of the Day

deleterious

Definition:(adjective) Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Synonyms:injurious, hurtful
Usage: A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Future Continuous Tense

To form the future continuous, we use "will be" or "is/are going to be" + the present participle of the main verb. Much of the time, either construction may be used with no appreciable difference in the meaning of the sentence. However, we sometimes use the "will be" construction for actions or events that are more certain to happen, whereas the "going to be" construction can be used to imply what? More...
Article of the Day

The Hound of the Baskersvilles

Eight years after he killed off Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought the character back in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The novel is possibly the most popular of all of the Holmes stories and has been filmed at least 24 times since 1914. It was inspired by the regional mythology of the British Isles concerning hell-hounds and set largely on an area of moorland close to where Doyle worked as a general practitioner while writing the novel. Who helped Doyle craft its plot? More...
This Day in History

Mona Mahmudnizhad and Nine Other Baha'i Women Are Hanged in Iran (1983)

Prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution, the approximately 1 million Iranian Baha'is had generally prospered, despite widespread societal discrimination. Under the Iranian Islamic republic, which regards the religion as heresy, Baha'i was banned, Baha'i property was confiscated, thousands were imprisoned, and several hundred were executed. Among the youngest victims was 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was arrested in 1982 and hanged after several months in prison. What were the official charges? More...
Today's Birthday

Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901)

The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Anastasia was allegedly murdered at age 17 along with her parents and siblings during the Russian Revolution. After the family's execution, rumors swirled that Anastasia had managed to survive. The appearance of several imposters further fueled these rumors, as did the discovery of her family's burial site in 1991 with two bodies missing. Has anyone been able to conclusively prove that Anastasia was indeed killed with the rest of her family? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not rather what we expect in men, that they should have numerous strands of experience lying side by side and never compare them with each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

mind the gap

An audio or visual instruction used in the UK and Ireland to be careful stepping over the space between a train's carriage and the platform when boarding or disembarking. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More...
Today's Holiday

Seychelles National Day (2018)

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pockets

fishing vest - A sleeveless jacket with many pockets for carrying small objects. More...

English billiards - Played on a table with no pockets. More...

gnurr - The substance that collects over time in the bottoms of pockets or cuffs of trousers. More...

pucker - Has the underlying notion of being formed into "pockets." More...

In the News

Mystery Solved: Why Large Dinosaurs Avoided the Tropics for Millions of Years

New research has revealed why it took more than 30 million years for large Triassic dinosaurs to populate the tropics after they first appeared on Earth, ending a mystery that has kept researchers baffled for decades. Using new geological evidence ... More...
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