Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

caboodle

Definition:(noun) Any collection in its entirety.
Synonyms:bunch, lot
Usage: The art collection was originally going to be auctioned off piece by piece, but the owner decided at the last moment to donate the whole caboodle to the local museum.
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

Woodblock Printing

Even after the invention of movable type in the mid-15th century, some European printers continued to use engraved wooden blocks, one for each page, to print their books. These European block books were the first Western examples of printed book illustration. However, woodblock printing—developed in China by the 9th century—has a richer history in the East, since the vast number of Chinese characters made printing from movable type exceedingly difficult. What are the most famous block books? 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
All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions ... I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

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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