Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

gutsy

Definition:(adjective) Marked by courage and determination in the face of difficulties or danger; robust and uninhibited.
Synonyms:plucky
Usage: Though she lost her arm in a violent shark attack, the gutsy teen refused to abandon her dream of becoming a world-class surfer and soon returned to the water.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspect

Aspect has to do with how an action, state of being, or event as described by a verb relates to time. It is often confused with tense. How do aspect and tense differ? More...
Article of the Day

The Stoning of the Devil

The Stoning of the Devil, or Stoning of the Jamarat, is one of the rituals performed by millions of Muslims during the hajj, or annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia. To represent the casting aside of their low desires, pilgrims fling pebbles at three walls, called jamarat, in the city of Mina. Although the jamarat used to be tall pillars, Saudi authorities replaced them with walls in 2004 to make the practice safer. What dangers do pilgrims face during the ritual? More...
This Day in History

The Gulf of Tonkin Incident (1964)

While on patrol in the Gulf of Tonkin, the USS Maddox was attacked by North Vietnamese torpedo boats. Two days later, US boats were supposedly attacked again without provocation. These events—known collectively as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident—prompted US Congress to pass a resolution allowing President Lyndon B. Johnson to use military force in Southeast Asia without a formal declaration of war, leading to increased US involvement in the Vietnam War. Had there in fact been a second attack? More...
Today's Birthday

James Baldwin (1924)

Baldwin was a groundbreaking African-American author best known for his novel Go Tell It on the Mountain. He wrote about social taboos such as racism and homosexuality at a time when mainstream literature largely ignored them. He grew up in poverty in the New York City district of Harlem and became a preacher while in his teens. In 1947, he left the US to live in Europe, and upon his return in 1957, he joined the civil rights movement. What famous author taught Baldwin in his youth? More...
Quotation of the Day
Rivalry adds so much to the charms of one's conquests.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

with all (one's) might

Utilizing all of one's power and strength to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of Forgiveness (2022)

The Festa del Perdono, or Feast of Forgiveness, is observed annually in Assisi, Italy, where St. Francis built his humble hermitage, known as the Porciúncula ("little portion"), in the 13th century. Porciúncula also refers to the plenary indulgence that used to be given to those who visited this sanctuary on August 2, the date set by Pope Honorius III in 1221. Although in the beginning the indulgence could only be gained in the Porciúncula, the privilege was eventually extended to all churches having a connection with the Franciscan order. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: powder

elixir - Derives from Arabic al-'iksir, "the powder for drying wounds." More...

kohl - A powder used to darken the eyes, it is from ancient Arabic and Egyptian times. More...

loaded for bear - Dating from the mid-1800s, it alludes to the heavy charge of powder or lead that hunters use for large animals, such as bears. More...

take a powder - Comes from "take a runout powder," with powder meaning "impetus, rush; impetuosity." More...

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