Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

unequivocal

Definition:(adjective) Admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion.
Synonyms:univocal, unambiguous
Usage: Franz complimented Albert, who looked at himself in the glass with an unequivocal smile of satisfaction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbs in Different Degrees of Comparison

Just like adjectives, adverbs have comparative and superlative degrees. What are adverbs in their basic forms sometimes known as? More...
Article of the Day

The 1421 Hypothesis

According to the 1421 hypothesis, between 1421 and 1423, during the Ming Dynasty of China, a fleet of Chinese ships traveled to many parts of the world unknown to contemporary Europe, including Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Antarctica, Greenland, and the Northeast Passage. The hypothesis is allegedly based on evidence from shipwrecks, old maps, Chinese documents, and accounts by navigators such as Christopher Columbus. Why have professional historians largely dismissed this hypothesis? More...
This Day in History

South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Steve Biko Dies in Police Custody (1977)

A former medical student, Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa in 1968 to combat racism and apartheid. He was officially "banned" by the South African government in 1973 and was arrested several times in the years that followed. Arrested for the last time in 1977, he was tortured and beaten to death in police custody, prompting international protests and a UN arms embargo. Twenty years later, five former policemen admitted killing him. Why were they never prosecuted? More...
Today's Birthday

Maurice Chevalier (1888)

Chevalier was a French actor, singer, and vaudeville entertainer known for his trademark tuxedo and straw hat. While a prisoner of war during World War I, Chevalier studied English. After the war, he began acting in the US, where he appeared in movies that helped establish the musical as a film genre. Though he put on a heavy French accent while performing in English, he actually spoke the language quite fluently with only a subtle accent. Why did his popularity dwindle during World War II? More...
Quotation of the Day
Beth could not reason upon or explain the faith that gave her courage and patience to give up life, and cheerfully wait for death...She could not say, "I'm glad to go," for life was very sweet for her. She could only sob out, "I try to be willing."

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

Idiom of the Day

put in (one's) two cents' worth

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of St. Nichiren's Pardon (2018)

At the Botamochi Temple in Kamakura, Japan, this festival honors St. Nichiren (1222-1282), considered to be Japan's most fervent Buddhist priest. He was exiled to the island of Sado in the Sea of Japan in 1271. After four years there, he returned and spent the rest of his life on Mount Minobu. The Festival of Nichiren's Pardon is observed by members of the Nichiren sect with massive demonstrations and the loud chanting of prayers attributed to Nichiren, accompanied by the beating of drums. People make offerings of botamochi, rice balls covered with sweet bean paste, in his honor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nourish

alimony - From Latin alimonia, "nourishment" or "eating money," from alere, "to nourish," and mony, "result, resulting condition," it first meant "nourishment, support." More...

alumnus, alumna, alumni - Alumnus and alumna stem from Latin alere, "to nourish or be nourished," now by a university; originally alumnus was a pupil and now it is a male graduate. Alumni refers to either sex. More...

coalesce - Meaning "cause to grow together," it is from Latin co- and alere, "nourish." More...

nurture - The verb was formed after the noun, which first referred (c. 1330) to a person's training or breeding. The word can be traced back to Latin nutritus, meaning "to nourish." More...

In the News

Can cuddling up to man's best friend help you sleep better?

Letting a canine companion into the bedroom at night can divide couples and families. While some argue that all that doggy snoring will ruin their sleep, others love nothing more than a nighttime cuddle with their furry friend. However, science may now ... More...
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