Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 1, 2018)
Word of the Day

annihilative

Definition:(adjective) Wreaking or capable of wreaking complete destruction.
Synonyms:withering, devastating
Usage: The possession of annihilative power has not slowed down the drive toward even more fiendish modes of inflicting wholesale death.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Regular and Irregular Verbs

Regular verbs form the past simple tense and past participle the same way (-d or -ed), while irregular verbs do not adhere to a distinct or predictable pattern. What common verb is known as a "highly irregular" verb? More...
Article of the Day

Unit 731

Unit 731 was a covert biological and chemical warfare research unit of the Imperial Japanese Army that conducted lethal human experimentation during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. It was responsible for some of the most notorious war crimes carried out by Japanese personnel, including experimentation on more than 10,000 people, many of whom faced infection with diseases or invasive medical procedures while still alive. How did Unit 731 use bubonic plague as a bio-warfare agent? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Gettysburg Begins (1863)

The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, resulting in some 50,000 casualties in three days. It took place in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and signaled a turning of the tide in favor of the Union. The site is now a national cemetery, at whose dedication on November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Seamstress Ginnie Wade was the only documented civilian casualty of the battle. How did she die? More...
Today's Birthday

Diana, Princess of Wales (1961)

From the time she became engaged to Prince Charles in 1981 until her death in a car accident in 1997, Diana was arguably the most famous woman in the world. A dedicated humanitarian, she campaigned against the use of landmines and called attention to the plight of AIDS victims. She also spoke publicly about her struggles with depression and bulimia. Her openness endeared her to many and stood in contrast to the traditional image of the royal family. Where did Diana work before marrying Charles? More...
Quotation of the Day
All mankind love a lover.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Idiom of the Day

be tipping (it) down

To be raining very heavily. Primarily heard in UK. More...
Today's Holiday

Botswana Sir Seretse Khama Day (2022)

July 1 is the birthday of Sir Seretse Khama, the man who led the nation of Botswana out of colonialism and laid the foundation for a modern democracy in his country. Sir Seretse Khama Day is a national holiday, observed across Botswana as a day to remember Khama's contributions to his homeland. In celebrations in Serowe, Khama's birthplace, people proceed from various points to the main town center. Traditional dances, such as the tsutsube, are performed. Speeches and ceremonies are made at the city's statue honoring Khama, and a wreath is laid at his grave in the royal cemetery. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lightning

nimbostratus cloud - Can drop precipitation but has no lightning or thunder. More...

artillery - A poetic term for thunder and lightning. More...

coup de foudre - A sudden unforeseen event or instantaneous and overwhelming passion, such as love at first sight; it is French, literally, "stroke of lightning." More...

lightning - Etymologically, lightning is simply something that illuminates or "lightens" the sky, a contraction of the earlier "lightening." More...

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