Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 28, 2019)
Word of the Day

precognition

Definition:(noun) Knowledge of an event before it occurs.
Synonyms:foreknowledge
Usage: Many envied Maya's ability to know the future, but she considered her precognition a burden and a curse.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Subjunctive Mood

When we use the subjunctive mood to express actions that we demand, suggest, or request that someone else take, or describe something that must be the case, we use the base form of the verb. What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Operation Ivory Coast

Operation Ivory Coast was a failed rescue mission conducted by US special forces during the Vietnam War. The goal of the mission was to rescue 61 American prisoners of war thought to be held at a prison camp in North Vietnam. After months of planning and training, an elite team of soldiers helicoptered in and stormed the compound in the early morning of November 21, 1970. The raid was executed successfully, with only a few injuries, but the mission was ultimately deemed a failure. Why? More...
This Day in History

The Messina Earthquake (1908)

Messina is a busy seaport and commercial center in northeastern Sicily, Italy, opposite the Italian mainland. On the morning of December 28, 1908, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Messina, followed by a 40-foot (12-meter) tsunami. About 80,000 people were killed, and at least 90 percent of Messina's buildings, including its churches and palaces, were destroyed. Afterward, the city was completely rebuilt under standards for quake-resistant construction. What happened to the survivors? More...
Today's Birthday

Pío Baroja y Nessi (1872)

Considered the foremost Spanish novelist of his time, Baroja was part of the Generation of '98, a group of writers who, in the face of defeat in the Spanish-American War, proclaimed a moral and cultural rebirth for Spain. He wrote almost 100 novels, including 11 trilogies and, perhaps his most ambitious project, a 22-volume cycle about a 19th-century insurgent. Baroja's writings largely concern the intellectual and political climate of his homeland. What career did he give up to be a writer? More...
Quotation of the Day
Religious discord has lost her sting; the cumbrous weapons of theological warfare are antiquated; the field of politics supplies the alchemists of our times with materials of more fatal explosion, and the butchers of mankind no longer travel to another world for instruments of cruelty and destruction.

John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

Idiom of the Day

the nosebleeds

A seating area very high up in a stadium or theater, as for a sporting event, musical performance, play, etc., which typically costs less money but has a restricted view. "Nosebleed" refers jocularly to the effects of extremely high altitudes on the body, which can often cause nasal hemorrhaging, among other symptoms. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of St. Gabriel (Ethiopia) (2020)

St. Gabriel is one of the most popular Ethiopian Orthodox saints and is believed to intercede on behalf of those who pray to him more than other saints. Thousands of Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Greeks, Armenians, and tribal people make a pilgrimage on his feast day to Kullubi, Ethiopia. Many carry boulders on their backs in a show of piety, and women often carry babies named after the saint to the local church's baptismal font, as St. Gabriel has a reputation for granting the requests of women who wish to become pregnant. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: par

double eagle - Three strokes under par on a single golf hole. Also called an albatross. More...

par - Latin, literally "equal, equality." More...

double bogey - Two strokes over par. More...

birdie - The golf term birdie is a diminutive of bird, "first-rate thing," as it is one stroke under par for a hole. More...

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