Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 11, 2020)
Word of the Day

privation

Definition:(noun) Lack of the basic necessities or comforts of life.
Synonyms:neediness, want
Usage: They endured years of privation during the war and were used to going without.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Difference between Finite and Non-Finite Verbs

Finite verbs are verbs that have subjects and indicate grammatical tense, person, and number. These verbs describe the action of a person, place, or thing in the sentence. What are non-finite verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Equestrian Vaulting

Equestrian vaulting is a sport in which gymnastic routines are performed on horseback while the horse trots in a fixed circle. The horse is fitted with a special pad with handles to aid performers in their routines. Athletes mount the horse as it is moving, and perform individually or in groups as the horse trots or canters in a wide circle. Though it is especially popular in Europe, the sport is practiced competitively in countries around the world. Is equestrian vaulting an Olympic sport? More...
This Day in History

9/11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)

On September 11, 2001, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes. They crashed two planes into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers in New York City and flew a third into the Pentagon building in Virginia. Passengers on the fourth flight attempted to retake control of the aircraft, but it crashed in a Pennsylvania field. The devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11 were responsible for 2,996 deaths and countless more injuries. What were the environmental consequences of 9/11? More...
Today's Birthday

David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence (1885)

Lawrence was an English writer whose works condemned industrial society and explored sexuality, often drawing on his own life for inspiration. Now noted for their intensity and erotic sensuality, several of his works, including Lady Chatterley's Lover, were banned as obscene. Persecuted for being a pacifist and shunned for having a German wife during World War I, he left England forever. He died of tuberculosis in France. Lawrence once acquired a ranch in New Mexico in exchange for what? More...
Quotation of the Day
My father taught in the wise way which unfolds what lies in the child's nature, as a flower blooms, rather than crammed it, like a Strasbourg goose, with more than it could digest.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

the heebie-jeebies

An extreme or acute sensation of fear, apprehension, worry, or anxiety. Often used with "get" or "give." More...
Today's Holiday

Big Iron Farm Show and Exhibition (2020)

The Upper Midwest's largest agricultural exposition, the Big Iron is held at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, North Dakota. Established in 1981 so that farmers would have a place where they could come to view the latest innovations in farming and agricultural equipment, the Big Iron prides itself on being a business event rather than a carnival. The three-day show regularly attracts more than 70,000 visitors, who come to see not only the farm equipment that is on exhibit but field demonstrations of tillage, crop-spraying, irrigation, and other equipment. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rules

lect - A regional or social variety within a language, a form of speech defined by a homogenous set of rules. More...

precisian - An overly precise person, a strict observer of rules and procedures. More...

ring - Boxing started off in circles, and when the Marquess of Queensbury introduced a set of rules in 1867, he also introduced the roped-off square, which continued to be called the "ring." More...

mistress - First meant "a woman who rules or has control," or a "woman who employs others, as servants." More...

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