Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 25, 2017)
Word of the Day

volition

Definition:(noun) The act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision.
Synonyms:willing
Usage: Without volition I leaned toward her, as a tree is swayed by the wind.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Zero Conditional

A zero conditional sentence uses the present simple tense to talk about what is always or generally true. It is classified as a conditional because it creates a hypothetical situation to describe what would be true each time something happens. What is the general structure for the zero conditional? More...
Article of the Day

Art Forgery

Forgeries have been part of the art market for more than 2,000 years and date back to Roman times, when sculptors created copies of Greek works. It has since become increasingly difficult to pass off forgeries as originals, as sophisticated new dating and analysis techniques threaten to expose even the most ingenious forgers. Some exposed forgers have gone on to sell their fakes as copies, gaining fame in their own right. What forger's works became so valuable that they themselves were forged? More...
This Day in History

The Charge of the Light Brigade (1854)

The Charge of the Light Brigade, immortalized in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name, was an ill-advised British cavalry assault on Russian forces during the Crimean War. As a result of miscommunication, British soldiers advanced on heavily armed Russian troops who thought their attackers must be drunk. Though hundreds of British soldiers were killed or injured in this battle, their commander, the Earl of Cardigan, not only survived but did what immediately after the battle? More...
Today's Birthday

Richard Evelyn Byrd (1888)

A pioneer in aviation and exploration, Byrd was a member of the first expeditions to fly over the North and South Poles, undertaken in 1926 and 1929 respectively. The North Pole flight earned him a Congressional Medal of Honor and helped him secure funding for his subsequent expeditions, like the one to Antarctica two years later. From the base he established there, he went on to explore and map large areas of the continent. Why do some believe he was undeserving of the Medal of Honor? More...
Quotation of the Day
But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

pay dirt

Something very, particularly, or abundantly valuable or useful, especially that which has been discovered after a long or arduous search. Used especially in the phrase "hit/strike pay dirt." More...
Today's Holiday

Grenada Thanksgiving Day (2018)

On October 25, 1983, the U.S. and other Caribbean forces invaded Grenada to destabilize the Communist regime that had overthrown the government of Sir Eric Gairy in 1979. Democratic elections were held in December 1984. October 25 is observed as Thanksgiving Day, a public holiday in Grenada. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: refuge

asylum - Comes from Greek asulon, "refuge," from asulos, "inviolable." More...

bast - A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary. More...

harbor - First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities. More...

redoubt - Has no connection to "doubt," but comes from French redoute and Latin reductus, "hidden place, refuge, stronghold." More...

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