Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

unmindful

Definition:(adjective) Failing to give due care or attention; inattentive.
Synonyms:forgetful, mindless
Usage: And here he lived, unmindful of the world and by the world forgotten.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs of Time

Adverbs of time tell us at what time (when) or for how long (duration) something happens or is the case. Where are adverbs of time most often placed in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Taklamakan

One of the largest sandy deserts in the world, the Taklamakan Desert in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China is approximately 600 miles (965 km) across, with an area of 105,000 square miles (272,000 sq km). It is crossed at its northern and southern edges by two branches of the Silk Road, whose travelers sought to avoid the arid wasteland. Archeological digs in the Taklamakan's sand cover, which is 1,000 feet (300 m) thick in some places, have revealed what 4,000-year-old discoveries? More...
This Day in History

First Photos Taken of a Giant Squid in the Wild (2004)

In 2004, two teams of Japanese researchers traveled to a sperm whale hunting ground south of Tokyo, where they attached bait, a camera, and a flash to a 3,000-foot (914-m) line. After numerous attempts to lure their prey, a 26-foot (8-m) giant squid attacked and became entangled in the lure, breaking free after more than 500 photos were taken over a four-hour period. What did the photos—the first ever taken of a live giant squid in its natural habitat—reveal about the mysterious creature? More...
Today's Birthday

Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (1207)

Rumi was a great Persian poet and Sufi mystic whose influence has spread to Persian-speakers in Afghanistan, central Asia, Turkey, and beyond. His Masnavi-ye Manavi, a six-volume work of spiritual teaching and Sufi lore related in the form of stories and lyric poetry, widely influenced Muslim mystical thought and literature. Rumi's followers founded the Mevlevi order, whose members use dancing and music as part of their spiritual method and are popularly known by what name? More...
Quotation of the Day
The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

catch big air

To jump into the air, especially in a vehicle or on sports equipment (e.g., a snowboard, skis, skateboard, bike, etc.). More...
Today's Holiday

Rosh Hashanah (2019)

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the first two of the 10 High Holy Days that conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is a time of prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read in the synagogue, and the blowing of the shofar ("ram's horn") serves as a reminder that although Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, God allowed him to sacrifice a ram instead. Jews celebrate the New Year by eating a special rounded loaf of challah, symbolic of the continuity of life, as well as apples dipped in honey, symbols of sweetness and health. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: please

amuse-bouche, amuse-guele - Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally "something to please the mouth," and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit. More...

like - Comes from Germanic likam, "appearance, body, form"; the verb came from likojam, which, as like, originally meant "please." More...

love - From Old English lufu, connected with Sanskrit lubh, "to desire," and Latin lubere, "to please." More...

please - Descends from Latin placere, "please." More...

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