Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 19, 2021)
Word of the Day

cajolery

Definition:(noun) Flattery intended to persuade.
Synonyms:blandishment, palaver
Usage: She used every possible means of cajolery to persuade her father to take her to the circus.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the simple present tense) is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Why is it called the present "simple"? More...
Article of the Day

Sharbat Gula, "Afghan Girl"

Sharbat Gula appeared on the iconic June 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine staring intensely with her striking green eyes. The haunting photo emphasized the suffering of Afghan refugees during the Soviet invasion. According to Gula, it was the only photo ever taken of her. Until photographer Steve McCurry located her in 2002, she was simply known as the "Afghan Girl" whose portrait he had captured at a refugee camp in Pakistan. How old was she in the famous photo? More...
This Day in History

First Baseball Game Played with Modern Rules (1846)

The foundations of modern baseball were laid with the 1845 formulation of the "Knickerbocker Rules," which formalized the game. According to these rules, a runner could not be sent out of play by getting hit with a thrown ball. Instead, fielders were required to tag or force the runner, as is done today. It is widely thought that the first competitive game under the new rules was played at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. What author of the rules is considered the "father of baseball"? More...
Today's Birthday

José Rizal (1861)

Rizal was a Philippine nationalist, author, poet, and physician. While living in Europe, he published novels railing against the evils of Spanish rule in the Philippines, earning him the ire of officials there. Upon his return in 1892, Rizal was arrested as a revolutionary agitator. When an armed rebellion broke out four years later, Rizal, who had advocated reform but not revolution, was shot for sedition. His martyrdom fueled the revolution. What did he do on the eve of his execution? More...
Quotation of the Day
What one man can invent another can discover.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Idiom of the Day

things that go bump in the night

Frightful, deadly, and usually supernatural things or events that one imagines in the dark of night. More...
Today's Holiday

New Church Day (2022)

New Church Day refers to the Church of the New Jerusalem, founded in London in the late 18th century by the disciples of Emanuel Swedenborg. Swedenborg's followers believe that in 1757 there was a great judgment in the spiritual world, and that as a result the evil spirits were separated from the good and a new heaven was established. June 19 is the date on which Swedenborg's disciples met in 1770 to organize the New Church. Every year on this day, members of the New Church, called Swedenborgians, meet to conduct important church business and to commemorate the church's founding. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: mistress

doll - Evolved as a pet name for Dorothy, first meaning "mistress." More...

doxy - Can mean "mistress, sweetheart." More...

miss - A shortened form of mistress. More...

Mrs. - Originally, Mrs. was a shortened version of mistress, a word that used to mean "wife"; Mrs. cannot be written out. More...

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