Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 23, 2020)
Word of the Day

enlace

Definition:(verb) Spin, wind, or twist together.
Synonyms:intertwine
Usage: Thanks to her naval training, Megan was able to enlace the threads and form a complicated knot, securing the lumber safely to the roof of my truck.
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

Thespis

Although almost nothing is known of his life or works, Greek tradition holds that Thespis was a poet often considered the "inventor of tragedy." According to Themistius, Aristotle said that tragedy in its earliest stage was entirely choral until Thespis introduced the prologue and speeches. Thespis, according to Themistius's account, was thus the first "actor." He was also the first recorded winner of a prize for tragedy at the Great Dionysia drama festival in what year? More...
This Day in History

Shaanxi Earthquake: Deadliest in Recorded History (1556)

The 1556 Shaanxi Earthquake in China is the deadliest earthquake on record, having killed approximately 830,000 people and destroyed an area 520 miles (837 km) wide. According to Chinese annals, mountains moved and rivers changed course due to the massive quake, which affected places more than 200 miles (322 km) from the epicenter. Aftershocks continued for months. In addition to the quake's force—its magnitude is estimated at 8.0—the high death toll is attributed to what other factors? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Belle Elion (1918)

After teaching chemistry because jobs for female researchers were then scarce, Elion got work as an assistant at a drug company and went on to become a pioneering US pharmacologist. With George Hitchings, she developed treatments for leukemia, autoimmune disorders, urinary tract infections, gout, malaria, and viral herpes. Although Nobel Prizes are rarely awarded to drug company employees, the duo shared in the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology. To what did Elion attribute her interest in science? More...
Quotation of the Day
Although men are accused for not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold, which the owner knows not of.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

one-up (someone)

To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (2022)

In 1908, Reverend Paul Watson proposed a week-long observance dedicated to Christian unity to be scheduled between the feasts of St. Peter's Chair (January 18) and St. Paul (January 25), the two great leaders of the first Christians. The World Council of Churches maintains these dates. Each year, an inter-denominational committee selects a scriptural theme and prepares the outlines of a worship service for each day of the Week of Prayer. Individual congregations are free to use the material as is, or vary it to suit local practices and traditions. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: shorter

store - A shortened version of the obsolete astor, "stock of provisions, supplies." More...

alligator - From Spanish el lagarto, "the lizard," which may have come from Latin lacerta; the alligator has a shorter, blunter snout than a crocodile. More...

telescopic umbrella - An umbrella that can become shorter. More...

dog watch - A two-hour watch on board a ship, it is based on dog sleep, the light or fitful sleep typical of dogs (a catnap being even shorter). More...

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