Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

sanguinary

Definition:(adjective) Accompanied by bloodshed.
Synonyms:butcherly, gory, slaughterous
Usage: A sanguinary encounter seemed daily imminent between the two parties in the streets of Baltimore.
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

Ice Diving

Ice diving is a type of penetration diving that takes place under ice. Because it is a particularly dangerous form of diving, divers need to wear exposure suits, hoods, and gloves to protect themselves from frigid waters; use a harness and rope to tether themselves to the surface in case they lose consciousness and must be hauled out; and train in correctly impacting the underside of surface ice in case of rapid ascent. Why should no more than two ice divers dive from the same hole at once? 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
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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

App detects pancreatic cancer from the whites of your eyes

Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, with just nine percent of patients surviving past five years. A major contributor to this rate is the fact that once those with pancreatic cancer start to show symptoms, the disease is usually already ... More...
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