Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 2, 2018)
Word of the Day

sprain

Definition:(verb) To injure (a joint) by a sudden twisting or wrenching of its ligaments.
Synonyms:rick, wrench, twist, turn
Usage: I tripped in the pothole and sprained my ankle when I fell down.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action that began and was still in progress in the past before another past action started. How does it differ from the past perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

Healing in the Dead Sea

Situated approximately 1,312 ft (400 m) below sea level between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest lake in the world. It is also one of its saltiest water bodies and supports no life. However, it has become a major center for health research and treatment because of the water's mineral content, the low levels of allergens in the atmosphere there, the reduced ultraviolet radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure. What skin disease may be helped by a soak in the Dead Sea? More...
This Day in History

The Great Fire of London Begins (1666)

This massive fire was one of the biggest calamities in London's history. It destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul's Cathedral, and countless other buildings over four days, leaving an estimated 70,000 residents homeless in its wake. Though the death toll is traditionally thought to have been relatively low, recent research suggests it may have been higher, since the deaths of poor and middle-class people were not recorded at the time. What is thought to have started the fire? More...
Today's Birthday

Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii (1838)

Liliuokalani was the last reigning queen of the Hawaiian Islands. She ascended the throne in 1891 upon the death of her brother, King Kalakaua. Her refusal to recognize the constitutional changes inaugurated in 1887 precipitated a revolt—fostered largely by resident American sugar planters—that led to her dethronement in early 1893 and the establishment of a provisional government. Liliuokalani wrote many songs, including the popular "Aloha Oe," which means what? More...
Quotation of the Day
Revenge may be wicked, but it's natural.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

between dog and wolf

Between dusk and daylight. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Estevan (2022)

The Feast of San Estevan (St. Stephen) is a harvest dance and annual feast day in the Native American pueblo of Acoma in New Mexico. Acoma was established in the 12th century and is the oldest continuously inhabited community in America, though only about 50 people now live there year-round. A mass and procession begin the feast day. The statue of the patron saint is taken from the church to the plaza, where the dances are performed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There are 15 or so different dances—Bear, Butterfly, and Rainbow are some of them. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pity

alms - Goes back to Greek eleemosune, "compassion, pity," and eleos, "mercy." More...

bemoan, lament - Bemoaning is motivated when pity or grief is over an event that is joined to a consequence, whereas lamenting is motivated when the grief is over the event itself. More...

pity, piety - Pity and piety shared the meanings "compassion" and "dutifulness, reverence" for a while. More...

ruth, ruthless, ruthful - Ruth, meaning "compassion, pity," is part of ruthless and ruthful. More...

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