Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, June 3, 2021)
Word of the Day

materfamilias

Definition:(noun) A female head of a family or tribe.
Synonyms:matriarch
Usage: As materfamilias, my grandmother calls the shots on holidays like Thanksgiving, and no one dares question her.
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

Film Crews

Working behind the scenes of on-camera talent, film crews are a vital part of the moviemaking process, taking care of such things as production, art, hair and makeup, cameras, sounds, visual effects, and lighting. Many of the positions within the crew have special names. For example, lighting and rigging technicians are known as grips. The key grip heads the department and works with the director of photography to arrange lighting and blocking. The best boy, also on the lighting team, does what? 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
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

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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