Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 20, 2022)
Word of the Day

aguacate

Definition:(noun) A pear-shaped tropical fruit with green or blackish skin and rich yellowish pulp enclosing a single large seed.
Synonyms:alligator pear, avocado, avocado pear
Usage: Jim prepared his special aguacate dip and served it with tortilla chips.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Should" to Describe Expectations

The modal auxiliary verb "should" can be used in affirmative (non-negative) sentences to express an expected outcome. If we use the negative of "should" ("should not" or "shouldn't"), what does it imply? More...
Article of the Day

Beekeeping

Beekeeping is one of the oldest forms of food production—humans have been harvesting honey from bee colonies for thousands upon thousands of years. Beekeeping was particularly well developed in Egypt and is discussed by the Roman writers Virgil, Gaius Julius Hyginus, Varro, and Columella. Bees were traditionally kept for their honey, but today crop pollination often provides the greater part of a commercial beekeeper's income. What are four useful hive products other than honey? More...
This Day in History

British Columbia Joins Confederation of Canada (1871)

In the years leading up to British Columbia's entrance into the Confederation of Canada, a series of gold rushes prompted financial crises in the region as well as fears that the US might attempt to annex the British colony. In 1871, British Columbia became the Confederation's sixth province, strengthening Canada's hand in international trade. In return, Canada assumed a large portion of the province's debt. What is the meaning of British Columbia's Latin motto, "Splendor sine occasu"? More...
Today's Birthday

Carlos Santana (1947)

Santana is a Mexican-American Grammy Award-winning guitarist. He became famous in the 1960s with his eponymous band, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin music. The band's sound features his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments—like timbales and congas—not generally heard in rock music. Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. What instrument did he play as a boy before switching to guitar? More...
Quotation of the Day
Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

Idiom of the Day

way back when

A relatively long time ago, especially when recalling something that is not the case now. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Elijah Day (2022)

Considered to be among the greatest of prophets, Elijah is commemorated on this day in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. An Old Testament Jew who is revered by Jews and Muslims as well, Elijah's story appears in the first book of Kings, with the final episode appearing in Second Kings, chapter two. The highpoint of Elijah's ministry occurred when he called the priests who worshipped Baal, the pagan fertility god, to the top of Mount Carmel and challenged them to a contest that would prove who was the true God. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: country

emancipate - Means "to free from legal, political, social control or restraint by others," and "to free from bondage." The word's Latin elements are manus, "hand," and capere, "to take," and first meant "to release or set free." More...

assassin - Thought by some to derive from an Arabic word meaning "hashish user," as members of an Islamic sect in various countries during the time of the Crusades (13th century) ate hashish to intoxicate themselves before setting out to assasinate enemy leaders. More...

patriot - Greek pater, "father," led to Latin patriota, "fellow countryman," which was the original meaning of patriot when it came into English in the late 1500s. More...

country, nation - Both came into English c. 1330 and tend to be used interchangeably.  Country comes from Latin contrata (terra), "the landscape in front of one, the landscape lying opposite to the view." Nation is from Latin nation-/natio, "race, class of person." More...

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