Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

anchorite

Definition:(noun) A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
Synonyms:hermit
Usage: He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Can"

The modal auxiliary verb "can" is used most often and most literally to express when a person or thing is physically, mentally, or functionally able to do something. What happens to "can" when it is used with "not" to become negative? More...
Article of the Day

The Consolation of Philosophy

Born to a patrician family, Boethius was a Roman scholar, philosopher, and statesman who became consul in 510 CE and subsequently chief minister to the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. Condemned to death for treason, he wrote his greatest work, De Consolatione PhilosophiaeThe Consolation of Philosophy—while in prison awaiting execution. The work, which was extremely popular and influential throughout the Middle Ages and later, is written as a conversation between Boethius and whom? More...
This Day in History

Hostess Twinkies Are Invented (1930)

The Twinkie was invented by baker James Dewar, who noticed that the shop's shortcake pans were only used during the strawberry season and otherwise sat idle. His thrifty idea to use the pans during the off-season led to the development of the banana-filled Twinkie snack cake. During a World War II banana shortage, vanilla filling replaced the original banana. Twinkies disappeared from US shelves in 2012 when Hostess declared bankruptcy but returned in 2013. What is the "Twinkie defense"? More...
Today's Birthday

Bison Dele (1969)

Dele was a professional basketball player who disappeared at sea in 2002 and is believed to have been killed by his brother. Three years earlier, at age 30 and arguably at the peak of his career, Dele opted out of a $36 million contract and retired from the National Basketball Association. In 2002, he set sail on the South Pacific Ocean with his girlfriend, the boat's captain, and his brother—the only one ever seen or heard from again. How did his brother draw further suspicion after his return? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal—every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open—this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

like (one's) life depends on it

With maximum, possibly desperate, effort or energy (i.e., as if one is at risk of losing one's life if one fails). More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (2022)

April 6, 1830, is the day on which Joseph Smith formally established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the Mormon Church) in Fayette, New York. Three years later, the anniversary of the Church's founding was celebrated for the first time. In 1837, a general conference was held to conduct church business and to observe the anniversary. Eventually, the idea of holding an annual conference became an established custom, and it was always scheduled to encompass the April 6 founding date. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tired

languescent - If you are becoming tired, you are languescent. More...

irk - Originally meant "grow tired"; a possible source is Old Norse yrkja, "work." More...

lassate - Means tired or weary. More...

late - Comes from Indo-European lad-, "slow, weary," which begat Latin lassus, "tired," before English late, meaning "slow." More...

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