Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, October 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

swarm

Definition:(verb) Move in large numbers.
Synonyms:pour, pullulate, teem, stream
Usage: A crowd of people swarmed out of the theater after the show and congregated beside the stage door to meet the exiting actors.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Perfect Tense

The present perfect tense is formed by using a form of the auxiliary verb "have" along with the past participle of the "main" verb. If something is described using the present perfect, at what point in time did it happen? More...
Article of the Day

The Barmakids

The Barmakids were a noble Persian family who attained great power under the Abbasid caliphs of Baghdad in the 8th century. Often serving as viziers and holding other influential roles, the Barmakids were patrons of the sciences and are credited with establishing Baghdad's first paper mill. However, by the start of the 9th century, the family's power and status was in decline and many of its members were imprisoned or executed. The Barmakids are mentioned in what famous stories? More...
This Day in History

The Twilight Zone Premieres on CBS (1959)

A classic science-fiction show that ran for just five years, The Twilight Zone was created by veteran television writer Rod Serling. More than half of its 155 unrelated episodes were written or co-written by Serling, who also narrated each half-hour episode with his trademark deadpan. The show often starred soon-to-be-famous actors such as William Shatner and Robert Redford. Many episodes featured frightening or ironic plot twists. What were some of the show's most celebrated episodes? More...
Today's Birthday

Mohandas Gandhi (1869)

Gandhi is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century for his role in securing India's independence from British rule through non-violent civil disobedience, a method that has since inspired notable civil rights leaders around the globe. The victory was bittersweet for Gandhi, who had championed Hindu-Muslim unity, as independence came with a plan to carve out a separate Muslim state—Pakistan. In 1948, he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Why is Gandhi often called Mahatma? More...
Quotation of the Day
Eulogy, n.: Praise of a person who has either the advantages of wealth and power, or the consideration to be dead.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

catch some shuteye

To sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Guardian Angels Day (2022)

As early as the ninth century, a day was set aside to honor angels in general and the archangel Michael in particular. This was September 29, the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels or Michaelmas. But some people, believing that a particular angel is assigned to watch over each human being, wanted to honor their own personal protectors or guardian angels. A feast in their honor observed in 16th-century Spain was extended to the whole church by Pope Paul V in 1608, and, in 1672, Pope Clement X set October 2 as the universal day for the festival. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: naked

gymnasium - A school where Greek youths were given athletic training while naked (gymnos). More...

hare, rabbit, jackrabbit - Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits. More...

stark naked - A corruption of start naked, from Anglo-Saxon steort, "tail" —as it described being naked to the tail. More...

stag - To go in stag meant to "go naked," which influenced the later "stag party." More...

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