Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 20, 2016)
Word of the Day

celerity

Definition:(noun) Swiftness of action or motion; speed.
Synonyms:rapidity, quickness
Usage: These rapid attentions were bestowed with the celerity and skill of a practiced surgeon.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Revolutionary Guards of Iran

The Islamic Revolution's Guards (IRG) is the largest branch of Iran's military. It is separate from, and parallel to, the other arm of the Iran's military and is equipped with its own ground forces, navy, air force, intelligence, and special forces. The IRG's stated role is to maintain national security, yet the force is also rumored to have ties with terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. The IRG also controls the Basij force, which has a potential strength of how many million volunteers? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. Lee first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which presented the complexities and tensions of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. Why do many blame him for a New York Knicks loss in the 1994 playoffs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

have a hankering for (something)

To have a very strong, persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Burning of the Socks (2020)

This pungent event takes place in Eastport (a suburb of Annapolis), Maryland, on the day of the Vernal Equinox. The burning of the socks began in the mid-1970s when a man named Bob Turner, upon leaving his job at the boatyard on the first day of spring, decided to burn his socks in tribute to the coming warmer weather. Turner's personal custom caught on with others and became a local tradition. The Eastport Yacht Club now organizes the yearly event at which people drink beer, eat oysters, and burn socks, all in the name of driving away winter and welcoming spring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reflection

epiphonema - An exclamatory sentence or reflection summing up a discourse. More...

rainbow - Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain. More...

sheet lightning - Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash. More...

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