Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, December 20, 2017)
Word of the Day

remiss

Definition:(adjective) Lax in attending to duty.
Synonyms:delinquent, derelict, neglectful
Usage: I had been remiss in the fulfillment of my obligations and failed to pay my bills on time, so my landlord evicted me.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Continuous Aspect

The continuous aspect is a subclass of the imperfective that emphasizes the progressive nature of the verb, looking at it as an incomplete action in progress over a specific period of time. The continuous aspect does not indicate the duration of the action, nor how often it occurs. Instead, it shows what? More...
Article of the Day

Hermann Hesse

Hesse was German novelist and poet. His major works, such as Siddhartha and The Glass Bead Game, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, deal with the individual's search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. A few years after Hesse's death in 1962, his novels enjoyed a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. Hesse personally knew and was influenced by what famous psychoanalyst? More...
This Day in History

Tragedy at Sea: MV Doña Paz Passenger Ferry Sinks (1987)

The passenger ferry MV Doña Paz was traveling along the Tablas Strait in the Philippines when it collided with the MT Vector, an oil tanker carrying 8,800 barrels of petroleum products. The cargo ignited, causing a fire that spread onto the Doña Paz. Survivors had to jump ship, and both vessels quickly sank in shark-infested waters. The accident claimed over 4,000 lives, as the Doña Paz was grossly overcrowded. How many passengers was it supposed to hold? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Robert Gordon Menzies (1894)

A successful lawyer, Menzies gave up his practice to pursue a career in politics and eventually became Australia's longest continuously serving prime minister. He started out in the House of Representatives in 1934 and served as attorney general until 1939, when he became leader of the United Australia party and prime minister. In 1941, his party lost the election, but in 1949 he again became prime minister and this time remained in office until his retirement in 1966, on what national holiday? More...
Quotation of the Day
Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

thanks for nothing!

An expression of annoyance, exasperation, or disappointment when someone does something unhelpful or disagreeable. More...
Today's Holiday

Christkindlesmarkt (2018)

Christkindlesmarkt is the biggest and best known of the Christmas markets of Germany. The market in Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany, has been held since 1697 in the city's Hauptmarkt ("main market"). More than 100 booths are set up to offer only goods directly related to Christmas, and food booths sell Nuremberg's specialties—Lebkuchen, or gingerbread, and Zwetschgenmannlein, which are little people-shaped confections. The three-week festival is inaugurated with choral singing, the pealing of church bells, and illumination of a creche. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: withdraw

anchorite - Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw." More...

cease, cede - Cease and cede come from Latin cedere, "go away, withdraw." More...

retire - From French retirer, from re-, "back" and tirer, "throw," its first sense was "withdraw to a place of safety or seclusion." More...

take for the kitchen - To withdraw from a conversation or to remain silent. More...

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