Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, August 9, 2019)
Word of the Day

ennoble

Definition:(verb) Give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility.
Synonyms:gentle
Usage: It would be interesting to see how brave he was; besides, the King would have good reason to ennoble him if he overcame them.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Tense (Approximation)

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language. There are really only aspects of the future tense. What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

Bisha'a

Also known as "ordeal by fire," Bisha'a is a ritual practiced by some Bedouin tribes for the purpose of lie detection. In cases where no evidence of an alleged transgression exists, the accused is asked to lick a hot metal object, such as a spoon or ladle. His tongue is subsequently inspected by the official who presides over the ceremony. If his tongue is burnt, he is deemed to have been lying. What physiological response might make liars more susceptible to burns during this ritual? More...
This Day in History

Nathan Ames Patents His "Revolving Stairs," Now Known as the Escalator (1859)

Although no working model of his design was ever built, Ames is credited with patenting the first escalator. His idea for the "revolving stairs" was largely speculative. It was not until the 1890s that the first working escalator—called the "inclined elevator"—was produced, based on another's designs. It was installed among the amusements at New York's Coney Island but did not remain a novelty for long. How did shoppers react when Harrods in London debuted its first escalator in 1898? More...
Today's Birthday

Adam von Trott zu Solz (1909)

Von Trott was a German lawyer and diplomat who opposed the Nazi regime and used his position to travel to the UK and US seeking support for the resistance. In order to better monitor Nazi activities and party information, von Trott joined the Nazi party. At the same time, he served as a foreign policy advisor to the Kreisau Circle, a clandestine group of intellectuals that worked to disrupt the Nazi regime. Von Trott was hanged in 1944 after being arrested for attempting to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every man desires to live long, but no man would be old.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

work the room

To interact with many people at an event or function. Often, but not always, applied to business situations. More...
Today's Holiday

National Women's Day (South Africa) (2022)

On August 9, 1956, a protest march was held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. Approximately 20,000 women participated in a peaceful march to protest against policies that restricted the rights of African women. Every year on August 9, people gather at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Amphitheatre in Cape Town to celebrate National Women's Day. This day celebrates the contributions and achievements women have made to society and for women's rights, and to acknowledge the difficulties and prejudices many women still face. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: laws

autonomy - From Greek autos, "self," and nomos, "law," i.e. a person or unit that makes its own laws. More...

blue sky laws - Laws protecting the public from securities fraud. More...

code, codex - Code, from Latin codex, meaning "block of wood split into tablets, document written on wood tablets," was first a set of laws. More...

constitute, constitution - Constitute can mean "make laws" and a constitution is a "how-to" document for a government or organization. More...

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