Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, October 10, 2020)
Word of the Day

amicable

Definition:(adjective) Characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill.
Synonyms:friendly, civil, peaceful, polite, harmonious, amiable, courteous, cordial, sociable, fraternal
Usage: Our dispute was finally settled in an amicable manner, and we parted as friends.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Gerunds

A gerund is the "-ing" form of a verb when it functions grammatically as a noun in a sentence. Gerunds can either stand alone, or they can take a noun (the object of the gerund) and/or modifier(s) to form what? More...
Article of the Day

The Vatican Library

Founded in the 4th century and re-established in the 15th century by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library is the oldest public library in Europe and one of the chief libraries of the world. Today, it holds more than 75,000 manuscripts and more than 1.1 million books, including thousands from the dawn of printing. It has amassed materials from the libraries of notable figures throughout history, including the Dukes of Urbino and Queen Christina of Sweden. How old is the library building itself? More...
This Day in History

US Vice President Spiro Agnew Resigns (1973)

After being investigated for extortion and bribery allegedly committed while he was governor of Maryland, Agnew pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion and became the second US vice president to resign. President Richard Nixon then selected House Minority Leader Gerald Ford to replace Agnew. The following year, Nixon himself was forced to resign for his role in the Watergate scandal, making Ford president. Agnew's portrait was removed from the Maryland State House in 1979. Who put it back? More...
Today's Birthday

Harold Pinter (1930)

One of the most important English playwrights of the late 20th century, Pinter wrote what have been called "comedies of menace." His austere, distinctive language, which provokes an ominous sense of unease, gave rise to the adjective "Pinteresque." His plays include The Birthday Party and The Homecoming, and he also wrote a number of screenplays. In 2005, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. His 1978 play, Betrayal, was inspired by what betrayal in his own life? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Idiom of the Day

in front of (one's) nose

Immediately obvious or clearly apparent. More...
Today's Holiday

Last Great Day (Eighth Day) (2020)

A one-day festival observed by the United Church of God, the Last Great Day immediately follows the Feast of Tabernacles in the seventh month of Tishri in the Hebrew calendar. The Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day are Holy Days that represent for believers the final steps of God's plan for the fate of the world and his people. As prescribed by the United Church of God, which is a Christian sect, believers observe all seven of the Holy Days. For the Last Great Day, they are invited to meditate on the eternal life that awaits God's loyal followers. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inn

caravanserai - A type of inn in Eastern countries where caravans are put up. More...

harbergery - An inn or place of entertainment. More...

inn - Etymologically a place "in" which people live or stay, from Proto-Germanic innam. More...

ostler - A stableman at an inn. More...

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