Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 2, 2019)
Word of the Day

eye-popping

Definition:(adjective) Amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning.
Synonyms:dazzling, fulgurant
Usage: The highlight of our New Year's celebration was easily the fireworks display, which was eye-popping and glorious.
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 Iron Pillar

The approximately 24-foot- (7-meter-) tall, 6-ton iron pillar located in the famous Qutb Minar complex of Delhi, India, is one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities. A testament to the advanced skill of ancient Indian ironsmiths, it is the last remaining part of a Hindu temple erected by 5th-century ruler Chandra Gupta II. Although it is about 1,600 years old, the pillar has never corroded. What theories have scientists advanced to explain the pillar's resistance to corrosion? 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

Constantine I of Greece (1868)

The reign of Constantine I was a trying one. He succeeded his father as king of Greece in 1913 and was almost immediately faced with World War I. His neutralist, yet essentially pro-German, attitude caused the Allies and his Greek opponents to force his abdication and send him into exile in 1917. His leading opponent's fall from power in 1920 opened the door for Constantine to be restored to the throne, but his homecoming was short lived. Why did he abdicate for a second time in 1922? More...
Quotation of the Day
Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

lose the number of (one's) mess

obsolete military and naval To die or be killed. More...
Today's Holiday

Virgen de Los Angeles Day (2021)

Costa Rica honors its patron saint, La Virgen de los Angeles (also known as La Negrita), on this day. La Negrita is a statue of the Virgin Mary carved in dark wood, which is how La Negrita ("little dark one") earned its name. It is housed in the Basilica Virgen de Los Angeles in Cartago, next to a small stream. People from all over the country come to Cartago on August 2 to celebrate the mass at the Basilica, pray to Little Negrita, and collect water from the stream. Celebrations include street fairs, live music, and feasts throughout Costa Rica. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rent

rentier - A person who makes income from rent. More...

disposable income, discretionary income - Disposable income is money you have left after paying taxes; discretionary income is money left over after paying for rent, food, utilities, and life's other necessities. More...

farm - Comes from medieval Latin firma, "fixed annual payment or rent." More...

ablocate - To rent or rent out. More...

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