Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 3, 2020)
Word of the Day

clincher

Definition:(noun) An argument that is conclusive.
Synonyms:determiner
Usage: My final point was the clincher and won me the debate.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Continuous Tense

Also called the past progressive, the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. Why is it called the past continuous? More...
Article of the Day

The Xinhai Revolution

Beginning with the 1911 Wuchang Uprising and ending with the abdication of China's last emperor in 1912, the Xinhai Revolution ended China's Qing dynasty and established one of the first Asian republics. The revolution was motivated by frustrations with foreign intervention and a weak and corrupt government, and its leader, Sun Yat-sen, is considered a Chinese hero. The "Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution" is celebrated in mainland China, while "Double Tenth Day" is celebrated where? More...
This Day in History

The Eschede Train Disaster (1998)

On the morning of June 3, 1998, the Munich-Hamburg Inner City Express train derailed near the village of Eschede, Germany, while traveling at 124 mph (200 km/h). One of the train cars hit a bridge, causing it to collapse. The cars behind jackknifed into the wreckage, while the front part of the train detached, coming to a stop well past the Eschede station. More than 100 people died as a result of the crash. Investigators later determined that the crash had been caused by what single problem? More...
Today's Birthday

Reverend John Hale (1636)

Hale was a church pastor in nearby Beverly, Massachusetts, during the Salem witch trials in the late 17th century. Initially, Hale supported the prosecutions of the alleged witches. Once his second wife was accused of witchcraft, however, he had a change of heart, denouncing the practice of witch hunts in his book A Modest Enquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft. A fictional portrayal of Hale appears in Arthur Miller's famed play The Crucible. What happened to Hale's wife? More...
Quotation of the Day
Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

on the leading edge

Having or knowledgeable of the most advanced technology in a given area, activity, or endeavor. More...
Today's Holiday

Kazanlak Rose Festival (2021)

Bulgaria supplies 90 percent of the world's rose attar, and roses are raised for food and medicinal purposes as well. The 10-day festival that celebrates Bulgaria's cultivation and export of roses is held in Kazanlak, a small town in what is known as the Valley of the Roses. It begins with a procession of farmers and young people dressed in native costume and carrying baskets for the ritual picking of the rose petals. Rose-decorated floats, costumed paraders, and folk dancers follow a route through all the nearby towns. Folk dance and song programs complete the festival activities. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reduce

diminish - A blend of diminue, "speak disparagingly," and minish, "reduce in amount, degree, influence, power." More...

formulate - Can mean "reduce to a formula." More...

moderate - Etymologically, it means "keep within due measure," and is derived from Latin moderari or moderare, "control, reduce." More...

minimize - Means to reduce to an absolute minimum—not to play down or soften. More...

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