Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 16, 2017)
Word of the Day

brow

Definition:(noun) The projecting upper edge of a steep place.
Synonyms:top, summit, peak, edge, tip, crown, verge, brink, rim, crest, brim
Usage: The sun set behind the brow of the distant hills.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Declarative Sentences

A declarative sentence makes a statement or argument about what is, was, or will be the case. What are some variations of declarative sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Allura Red AC

Allura Red AC is a red synthetic dye that is often used as a food coloring. Although some fear that it poses a health risk and it is banned in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland, Allura Red AC has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in cosmetics, drugs, and food, and it is found in many products, including tattoo inks and orange soda. From what substance is Allura Red derived? More...
This Day in History

Saddam Hussein Becomes President of Iraq (1979)

Hussein was president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003. He joined Iraq's Ba'th Party in 1957 and fled to Egypt after participating in a failed attempt to assassinate the Iraqi prime minister in 1959. He returned to Iraq when the Ba'thists gained power in 1963 but was jailed when they were overthrown. He escaped and helped reinstall the party in 1968. A decade later, he took over the presidency with the aim of replacing Egypt as leader of the Arab world. How many wars did Iraq fight during his tenure? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Clare of Assisi (1194)

Born to a noble family, Chiara Offreduccio, now St. Clare of Assisi, was deeply influenced by fellow Assisian St. Francis. Refusing to marry, she instead fled to a chapel where he received her vows. She later became abbess of a female religious community that included her sister and mother. The Second Order of St. Francis, or Poor Clares, adopted the absolute poverty of St. Francis but was strictly cloistered, unlike its counterpart, the Franciscans. Why is Clare the patron saint of television? More...
Quotation of the Day
When people ask for time, it's always for time to say no. Yes has one more letter in it, but it doesn't take half as long to say.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

Idiom of the Day

Captain Obvious

A person who makes a statement or statements of such obvious meaning or implication as to be entirely redundant, superfluous, or unnecessary. More...
Today's Holiday

Pilgrimage of Saut d'Eau (2018)

The pilgrimage to the church in Ville-Bonheur, Haiti, combines both Christian and Voodoo beliefs. There is a sacred grove just outside Ville-Bonheur where, according to legend, the Virgin Mary once appeared on top of a palm tree. At this holy place, known as Saut d'Eau (waterfall), two waterfalls tumble from a precipice more than 100 feet high to create a kind of natural cathedral. This is the home of Damballah-wedo and other African deities who play a part in Voodoo. Some worshipers tie colored cords to the sacred trees at the foot of the falls, while others bathe in the water. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: instruction

catechism, catechumen - Catechism comes from Latin catechismus, "instruction by word of mouth," and is literally a series of questions and answers; a catechumen is a young Christian preparing for confirmation. More...

disciple, discipline - Disciple comes from a Latin word meaning "learner" and discipline comes from one meaning "instruction, knowledge." More...

document - First meant "instruction" or "evidence," whether written or not. More...

lore - Originally meant "the act of teaching" or a "piece of instruction, lesson." More...

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