Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 1, 2022)
Word of the Day

macerate

Definition:(verb) To make soft, usually by steeping in liquid, and cause to disintegrate as a result.
Synonyms:soften
Usage: The stale bread was left to macerate in a bowl of milk for a few hours.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Zero Conditional

A zero conditional sentence uses the present simple tense to talk about what is always or generally true. It is classified as a conditional because it creates a hypothetical situation to describe what would be true each time something happens. What is the general structure for the zero conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Totem Poles

Totem poles are towering sculptures carved from trees by a number of Native American peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. They display mythological images, usually animal spirits. The poles are erected to identify the owner of a house or other property, welcome visitors, indicate a portal or passageway, mark a gravesite, and even to ridicule an important person who failed in some way. Why was this last type of pole—a "shame pole"—erected in Cordova, Alaska, in 2007? More...
This Day in History

Cable News Network (CNN) Begins Broadcasting (1980)

CNN, a division of the Turner Broadcasting System owned by Time Warner, is widely credited with introducing the concept of 24-hour news coverage. Today, the network reaches more than 1 billion people in more than 200 countries. Its coverage of the Gulf War and other conflicts and crises of the early 1990s, including, perhaps most famously, the "Black Hawk Down" incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, led to the coining of the term "the CNN effect." What phenomenon does the phrase describe? More...
Today's Birthday

Brigham Young (1801)

Young was an early leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormon Church, who helped maintain the unity of the church after Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, was assassinated in 1844. He led the great migration west and established a settlement at Salt Lake City, where the Church is headquartered today. He defended Mormon interests during the Utah War, eventually losing his post as governor of Utah. A known polygamist, Young had how many wives and children? More...
Quotation of the Day
You see, but you do not observe.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

ride the pine

In sports (especially baseball), to remain sitting on the bench, rather than be an active participant in the game. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Kenya Madaraka Day (2022)

June 1 is a public holiday set aside to commemorate the day that Kenya became a self-ruling nation. On this day, the main event takes place at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi. The President addresses the nation, and the uniformed military, singers, and traditional dancers from around the country provide entertainment for the crowds. The day is full of festive activities, including family picnics and games in the public parks. Many people take this opportunity to go back to their hometowns for the occasion, and often a big meal of goat or chicken is prepared for the special day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spider

cobweb - A single thread spun by a spider. More...

arain - Another word for spider. More...

lobster - Comes from Old English loppestre, "spider," because there is some resemblance. More...

insect, spider, crustacean - One major difference between insects, spiders, and crustaceans is the antennae; most insects have one pair, spiders have none, and crustaceans have two pairs. More...

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