Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

sacrilege

Definition:(noun) Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something sacred.
Synonyms:blasphemy, desecration, profanation
Usage: I entreat you, if you be a Christian gentleman, not to kill me, which will be committing grave sacrilege, for I am a licentiate and I hold first orders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past. How do we form the past perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

Porcupines

Among the largest rodents in the world, porcupines are found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas and are known for their coats of sharp quills that defend them from predators. Though porcupines' quills take various forms depending on the species, all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of a tough structural protein called keratin that makes them needle-sharp. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines are not capable of shooting their quills. How, then, do they defend themselves? More...
This Day in History

The Granada Massacre (1066)

When Rabbi Samuel ha-Nagid died around the year 1055, his son Joseph succeeded him as leader of the Jewish community of Granada and vizier to the Berber king. At the time, figures in the Muslim community were unhappy with what they believed to be inordinate Jewish political power. Joseph, who was said to be arrogant and ostentatious, in contrast with his father, was eventually assassinated by a Muslim mob in a siege that also claimed 4,000 Jews of Granada. How was Joseph killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Simon Forman (1552)

Forman was arguably the most popular occultist, astrologer, and herbalist in Elizabethan London, despite not possessing a medical degree. He kept detailed records of his unorthodox practice, and his diaries have yielded a wealth of historical information—including contemporary accounts of Shakespeare's plays. He was posthumously implicated in a murder plot that tarnished his reputation and has been characterized as either evil or a quack. What 1611 event is he said to have accurately predicted? More...
Quotation of the Day
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

it's all good

A phrase used to express general approval, unconcern, or disinterest. More...
Today's Holiday

Sanghamita Day (2020)

Observed by Buddhists in Sri Lanka, this day celebrates the arrival of Sanghamita, daughter of Emperor Asoka of India, in 288 BCE. According to legend, Buddhism was first brought to Sri Lanka by a group of missionaries led by Mahinda, Asoka's son. Mahinda later sent for his sister, Sanghamita, who arrived with a branch from the Bodhi tree at Gaya, sacred to Buddhists as the tree under which the Buddha was sitting when he attained Enlightenment. The sapling was planted in the royal city of Anuradhapura, where Sanghamita founded an order of nuns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plate

assiette - A prepared dish of food, French for "plate, course of a meal." More...

dish, plate - Dish is a more general term and plate is more specialized. More...

plate - Etymologically, something "flat," from Latin plattus, "flat," and Greek platys, "broad." More...

placard - Comes from French plaquier, "to plate; lay flat." More...

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