Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 14, 2019)
Word of the Day

forgo

Definition:(verb) Do without or cease to hold or adhere to.
Synonyms:foreswear, waive, dispense with, relinquish
Usage: The tortures of the accused did not equal mine; she was sustained by innocence, but the fangs of remorse tore my bosom and would not forgo their hold.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Subjunctive Mood - Expressing Wishes

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. How do we generally construct these sentences? More...
Article of the Day

The Book of Martyrs

Popularly known as The Book of Martyrs, The Actes and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Dayes was published by English Protestant clergyman John Foxe in the 16th century to praise Protestants martyred during the reign of Catholic monarch Mary I, who earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" for her religious persecutions. Lavishly illustrated, it was widely read and influenced popular opinion about Roman Catholicism for several centuries. How much did the book's first edition cost? More...
This Day in History

Second Continental Congress Passes Flag Resolution (1777)

The Flag Resolution of 1777 authorized the first official design of the United States national flag. Since that time, the flag has undergone 26 changes, all of which have altered the star portion of the flag to represent the number of states in the Union. Originally, there was no elaborate symbolism attached to the flag's colors. Meanings were assigned later, in 1782, when Charles Thomson gave a report to Congress defining the new Great Seal of the US. What do the colors now represent? More...
Today's Birthday

Alois Alzheimer (1864)

Alzheimer was a German neuropathologist who first identified what is today called Alzheimer's disease, a neurodegenerative disease found most commonly in people over age 65. He first observed it in his patient in 1901 and presented his findings after a postmortem examination of her brain in 1906. The diagnosis would soon be applied to patients the world over, and the disease is now recognized as the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer did not name the disease that bears his name. Who did? More...
Quotation of the Day
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

the next best thing

Something that is as good a substitute as possible for that which is really desired or best suited. More...
Today's Holiday

Flag Day (United States) (2022)

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag Day in 1916, but it didn't become official until 1949, after a campaign by Bernard J. Cigrand and the American Flag Day Association. American homes and public buildings across the country display the American flag in observation of the holiday. Other popular events on this day include flag-raising ceremonies, the singing of the national anthem, and the study of flag etiquette and the flag's origin and meaning. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spike

pricket - A candlestick with a spike for holding up the candle (or the spike itself). More...

barb - As any type of spike or projection, it is based on Latin barba, "beard"; it is also a piece of vertically pleated linen worn over or under the chin, as by nuns. More...

brad - A small or thin wire nail, it is from Old Norse broddr, "spike." More...

spike - Probably borrowed from Dutch spiker, "long sharp piece." More...

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