Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

singlet

Definition:(noun) A collarless men's undergarment for the upper part of the body.
Synonyms:undershirt, vest
Usage: Its owner had taken off his tunic, and in white trousers and a thin, short-sleeved singlet prowled behind the chair-backs nursing his meager elbows.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Do" in Imperative Sentences

We can use the auxiliary verb "do" before the main verb of an imperative sentence. What does this add to the tone of the command, instruction, or request? More...
Article of the Day

Conchs

Conchs are marine gastropod mollusks with heavy, spiral shells with overlapping whorls. Unlike other gastropods, which crawl, conchs move by jumping. Most conchs are carnivorous, feeding on bivalve mollusks. Their shells are used for carving cameos in Europe and are sometimes made into crude instruments by removing the small tip of the shell to form a mouthpiece. In popular folklore, it is believed that the ocean can be heard if one holds an open conch shell to the ear. How does it work? More...
This Day in History

First FIFA World Cup Kicks Off (1930)

Soccer, or association football, as it is known throughout much of the world, has been an Olympic sport since 1900. In 1930, FIFA—soccer's international governing body—decided to stage its own tournament, the World Cup. Reigning Olympic champion Uruguay was chosen as host and went on to win the inaugural event. Today the tournament is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, but then it was a challenge just to get teams to participate. What else did not go as planned? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608)

When Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III ascended the throne, the Thirty Years' War had been raging for 20 years. After his accession, the war took a disastrous turn. Though he prohibited religious freedom in his own domains, he compromised with Europe's Protestant powers and agreed to the Peace of Westphalia. The treaty ended 30 years of religious strife in central Europe but greatly reduced the central power of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite the war, Ferdinand made time to pursue what pastime? More...
Quotation of the Day
She was no longer wrestling with the grief, but could sit down with it as a lasting companion and make it a sharer in her thoughts.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

not have (one's) heart in (something)

To not be emotionally invested or enthusiastic about something; to have no drive or will to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Night Watch (2018)

La Retraite aux Flambeaux, or the Night Watch, is a half-holiday in France that is celebrated on the eve of Bastille Day. The lights in Paris are darkened in remembrance of the day in 1789 when the Bastille fell. Colorful processions of soldiers, patriotic bands, and people bearing torches and Chinese lanterns march through the streets, followed by crowds of spectators. The procession usually ends at the home of a prominent citizen, who offers the torch- and lantern-bearers something to drink. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrape

erase - From Latin e-, "out," and radere, "scrape." More...

raze, razor - Raze, from French raser, "shave close," is from Latin radere, "scrape, scratch"—also giving us razor. More...

gride - To scratch, scrape, or cut with a grating sound. More...

scrumble - To scrape or scratch (something) out of or from. More...

In the News

Lazy Lifestyle Key to Pandas' Bamboo-Only Diet

Scientists have uncovered the key reason why giant pandas are able to survive solely on a diet of bamboo. The researchers found that pandas get by on shoots and leaves because they expend extremely small amounts of energy. A typical adult panda burns ... More...
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