Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 8, 2019)
Word of the Day

chopine

Definition:(noun) A woman's shoe with a very high thick sole.
Synonyms:platform
Usage: In centuries past, some women wore chopines so large that they had difficulty maintaining their balance without assistance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Continuous Tense (Progressive)

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle (-ing form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "be." What is the most common occurrence of the present continuous tense? More...
Article of the Day

Nereus

Nereus is a remotely operated underwater vehicle built by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It was designed to operate at depths of up to 36,000 feet (11,000 m), primarily so that it could explore the Challenger Deep, the deepest point in the Mariana Trench, which itself is the deepest known depression on the surface of the Earth. The craft reached the bottom of Challenger Deep in May 2009, having descended approximately 6.8 miles (11 km). After what mythological figure was Nereus named? More...
This Day in History

Quit India: Gandhi Calls on Public to "Do or Die" (1942)

In 1942, after Great Britain refused to grant immediate independence to India, Mohandas Gandhi launched the Quit India movement. Thousands of Indians responded to the call for civil disobedience, while the British attempted to suppress the rebellion by arresting over 100,000 people, levying mass fines, and subjecting demonstrators to public floggings. Though the movement ultimately failed, it showed Britain that India could not be governed for much longer. How did it impact Muslims in India? More...
Today's Birthday

Emiliano Zapata (1879)

During the Mexican Revolution, Zapata led the Liberation Army of the South, whose slogan, "Land and Liberty," represented its goal of returning Mexican land to the indigenous people. A champion of the rural poor, Zapata rallied his neighbors to protest against the hacienda that had appropriated their land and eventually led them in taking the land by force. His peasant soldiers occupied Mexico City three times between 1914 and 1915, and Zapata began to implement land reform. How was he killed? More...
Quotation of the Day
When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

won't budge an inch

Will not move, change, or shift in any way at all. More...
Today's Holiday

Eisteddfod (2022)

The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales dates back to the 12th century. Its purpose is to encourage the preservation of Welsh music and literature, and only those who sing or write in Welsh may enter. The annual event opens with the blowing of trumpets, followed by all kinds of musical and literary contests—harp playing, solo and choral singing, dramatic presentations, and poetic composition. The National Eisteddfod is held in northern Wales one year and southern Wales the next. Other Eisteddfodau are held in Welsh communities elsewhere from May to November. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hint

adumbrate - Means "to give a sketchy outline or disclose only in part; hint," and its root is Latin umbra, "shadow." More...

allude, refer - To allude is to "mention indirectly, hint at," and to refer is to "mention directly." More...

infer, imply - Infer means "to deduce, reason," and imply means "to hint at, suggest." More...

inkle, inkling - To inkle is to communicate in an undertone or whisper, to give a hint of something, which gives us inkling. More...

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