Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 30, 2016)
Word of the Day

quietude

Definition:(noun) A state of peace and quiet.
Synonyms:tranquility, quietness
Usage: Who can tell how scenes of peace and quietude sink into the minds of pain-worn dwellers in close and noisy places.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Does something have to be occurring in the present moment in time for it to be in the present simple tense? More...
Article of the Day

Pica

Characterized by the consumption of materials such as soil, chalk, and hair, pica is a disorder involving an appetite for non-nutritive substances or an abnormal compulsion to eat foodstuffs that are usually ingredients, such as flour or starch. Such eating behaviors have been observed in people of all ages but are only termed pica if they persist for more than one month in persons deemed developmentally able to determine whether an item is appropriate for consumption. How is pica treated? More...
This Day in History

International Day of the Disappeared Observed by UN for First Time (2011)

The International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 is an annual commemoration day to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places unknown to their relatives and without legal process. The impulse for the day came from the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared, a non-governmental organization founded in 1981 in Costa Rica. When did the United Nations adopt the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques-Louis David (1748)

The unchallenged painter of the French Revolution, and later the official portraitist to Napoleon, David was the virtual art dictator of France for a generation. His pervasive influence on European art extended beyond painting to determine the course of fashion, interior decoration, and even the development of moral philosophy. Although he was a talented portraitist, David is best known for his paintings of classical, historical, and mythological themes. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
Art...is merely the refuge which the ingenious have invented, when they were supplied with food and women, to escape the tediousness of life.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

Put it there

Shake my hand. As in greeting or in agreement to a deal. More...
Today's Holiday

Flower Festival of St. Rose (2018)

On the island of St. Lucia, two floral societies known as the Roses and the Marguerites pay tribute to their namesake flowers as well as their patron saints: Rose of Lima and Margaret Mary Alacoque. In an intensive process of preparing for the two fêtes, the they each hold a series of dress rehearsals known as séances. The feast day then opens with a church service, which is followed by a street procession presenting the host society's royal entourage. The evening program includes a banquet, the much-awaited performance by the shantwel, and folk dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: resting

lotus position - Sitting with the feet resting on the thighs. More...

resting - A kind adjective for "between acting jobs." More...

superincumbent - Means "on the surface of" or "lying or resting upon." More...

couchant - Describing a cat sitting with its body resting on its legs and its head raised. More...

In the News

The Death of the Dead Sea

Abdul Alhay Alhwemen, 50, is a Jordanian farmer, just like his father, grandfather, and great grandfather used to be. His family's humble plot sits along Jordan's shores of the Dead Sea, the landlocked salt lake that stretches across more than 60 miles ... More...
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