Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 5, 2015)
Word of the Day

recidivist

Definition:(noun) Someone who is repeatedly arrested for criminal behavior, especially for the same criminal behavior.
Synonyms:habitual criminal, repeater
Usage: After his third arrest for petty theft, it became clear to the local police that they had a recidivist on their hands.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Indefinite Pronouns: People and Things

Quite a few indefinite pronouns can be used to refer to either people or things. In such cases, we rely on context or other elements of the sentence to know which. What are some indefinite pronouns that can refer to both things and people? More...
Article of the Day

Nauvoo Temple

After Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, and his Mormon followers were forced to flee Missouri in 1839, they established a new community in Nauvoo, Illinois. They soon set to building a grandiose temple, but construction was only half complete when Smith was assassinated in 1844. Two years later, the Mormons were driven from that city as well. They tried to sell their temple for $200,000, but it ultimately sold for what greatly reduced price? More...
This Day in History

The Gunpowder Plot Is Thwarted (1605)

Angered by King James I's refusal to grant more religious toleration to Catholics, a group of conspirators plotted to blow up Parliament and kill the king. The plot was discovered, and conspirator Guy Fawkes was arrested in a cellar under the palace at Westminster, where he had concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder. Under torture, he revealed the names of his coconspirators, and they were all either killed while resisting arrest or executed in 1606. How is November 5 celebrated in England today? More...
Today's Birthday

William James Durant (1885)

Durant was an American historian and essayist. In 1926, he published The Story of Philosophy, which soon became a bestseller. He then began a decades-long project—the writing of a comprehensive history of civilization. The result was The Story of Civilization, a monumental, 4,000,000-word, 10,000-page work stretching from prehistory to the 19th century. The series, published in 11 volumes from 1935 to 1975, introduced millions to intellectual history. Who coauthored the work? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every desire bears its death in its very gratification. Curiosity languishes under repeated stimulants, and novelties cease to excite and surprise, until at length we cannot wonder even at a miracle.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

false modesty

A vain or hypocritical pretense of holding a low or humble opinion of oneself, one's abilities, or one's circumstance so as to encourage others to say the opposite. More...
Today's Holiday

Dhan Teras (2018)

Dhan Teras or Dhanvantri Trayodashi is observed two days prior to Dewali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. It is held in honor of Dhanvantri, the physician of the gods and the father of Indian medicine, whom doctors in particular worship on this day. According to Hindu mythology, the gods tried to produce the elixir known as amrita by churning up the ocean. Dhanvantri rose up out of the water bearing a cup filled with it. On this day Hindus rise at dawn and bathe, put on new robes, and fast. In the evening, they light an earthen lamp before the door of the house and break their fast. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: offer

bid - Derives from Old English beodan, "to offer or command." More...

carrot-and-stick - Refers to an offer of reward countered by the threat of punishment. More...

blind fold - Worn by the Greek statue for justice so she cannot see the bribes being offered to her, hence, blind justice. More...

cast pearls before swine - To offer something valuable to someone who does not appreciate it. More...

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