Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 30, 2015)
Word of the Day

nutriment

Definition:(noun) A source of nourishment; food.
Synonyms:sustenance, victuals, aliment, nourishment, nutrition
Usage: The animals' habitat was destroyed in the storm, and they wandered the ravaged plains searching for nutriment.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Does something have to be occurring in the present moment in time for it to be in the present simple tense? More...
Article of the Day

André the Giant

André “the Giant” René Roussimoff was born in France and rose to fame as a pro wrestler. His stature was the result of pituitary gigantism, a hormonal disease. Conflicting reports exist as to his actual height; estimates range from 6 ft 10 in (208 cm) to 7ft 5 in (226 cm). His weight, also under dispute, has been billed as lying anywhere between 380 lb (172 kg) and 540 lb (245 kg). André played Fezzik in the movie The Princess Bride and later inspired Billy Crystal to write what film? More...
This Day in History

International Day of the Disappeared Observed by UN for First Time (2011)

The International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 is an annual commemoration day to draw attention to the fate of individuals imprisoned at places unknown to their relatives and without legal process. The impulse for the day came from the Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared, a non-governmental organization founded in 1981 in Costa Rica. When did the United Nations adopt the Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance? More...
Today's Birthday

Jacques-Louis David (1748)

The unchallenged painter of the French Revolution, and later the official portraitist to Napoleon, David was the virtual art dictator of France for a generation. His pervasive influence on European art extended beyond painting to determine the course of fashion, interior decoration, and even the development of moral philosophy. Although he was a talented portraitist, David is best known for his paintings of classical, historical, and mythological themes. What are some of his most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
The burning of rebellious thoughts in the little breast, of internal hatred and opposition, could not long go on without slight whiffs of external smoke, such as mark the course of subterranean fire.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

Idiom of the Day

Put it there

Shake my hand. As in greeting or in agreement to a deal. More...
Today's Holiday

Flower Festival of St. Rose (2018)

On the island of St. Lucia, two floral societies known as the Roses and the Marguerites pay tribute to their namesake flowers as well as their patron saints: Rose of Lima and Margaret Mary Alacoque. In an intensive process of preparing for the two fêtes, the they each hold a series of dress rehearsals known as séances. The feast day then opens with a church service, which is followed by a street procession presenting the host society's royal entourage. The evening program includes a banquet, the much-awaited performance by the shantwel, and folk dances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: resting

lotus position - Sitting with the feet resting on the thighs. More...

resting - A kind adjective for "between acting jobs." More...

superincumbent - Means "on the surface of" or "lying or resting upon." More...

couchant - Describing a cat sitting with its body resting on its legs and its head raised. More...

In the News

Texters Rejoice: The Phone-brella is Here

You know you've done it. That awkward texting-while-holding-umbrella dance. Or the finding-directions-while-holding-umbrella dance. Whatever your version of it, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Umbrella in one hand, phone in the other, you search ... More...
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