Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, September 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

idolize

Definition:(verb) Love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol.
Synonyms:revere, worship
Usage: Naomi idolized her father as she was growing up and only began to recognize his many faults once she reached adulthood.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Idioms that End with "Off"

Many idioms end with the preposition "off." Some examples include "drop off" and "take off." What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Patience

Patience—the capacity to endure hardship, difficulty, or inconvenience without becoming annoyed or upset—is recognized as a virtue in numerous faiths. In Christianity, for example, it is accepted as one of the seven virtues that protect against the temptation of the seven deadly sins. Buddhists, meanwhile, see cultivating patience as an important step on the path to enlightenment. What did the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche write about patience in his book Human, All Too Human? More...
This Day in History

16th Street Baptist Church Bombing (1963)

Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church has been an Alabama institution since 1873. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, it served as an organizational headquarters, meeting site, and rallying point for blacks protesting racism in the South. This made it a target for the Ku Klux Klan, which arranged to bomb the church during Sunday services. Four young girls died in the attack and more than 20 others were injured. What sermon were congregants about to hear when the bombing took place? More...
Today's Birthday

Porfirio Díaz (1830)

Díaz supported Benito Juárez in Mexico's war against the French, but when he lost to Juárez in the 1871 presidential election, Díaz charged fraud and led a revolt. After losing again in 1876, he led another revolt and became president. Though his rule was ruthless, it saw financial stability and the expansion of railroads and telegraph lines. The Mexican Revolution was launched in 1910 to end his dictatorship, and he fled to Europe and died in exile. As a teen, what had Díaz trained to become? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Past is the region of sobs, the Future is the realm of song. In the one crouches Memory, clad in sackcloth and ashes, mumbling penitential prayer; in the sunshine of the other Hope flies with a free wing, beckoning to temples of success and bowers of ease.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Idiom of the Day

go to wrack and ruin

To fall into severe or total decay, degradation, or ruination, as from disuse or lack of upkeep. ("Wrack," a now-archaic word meaning wreckage or destruction, is also often spelled "rack.") More...
Today's Holiday

Costa Rica Independence Day (2018)

On this day in 1821, Costa Rica achieved independence after having been ruled by Spain since the early 1500s. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua also declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. On the evening of September 14, the president traditionally lights a torch representing liberty in the old capital city of Cartago and, on Independence Day, gives a speech to schoolchildren. There are more speeches and dancing in San José, the modern capital. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: houses

ginnel - A long narrow passage between houses. More...

row house - Part of an unbroken line or series of houses. More...

domal - Means of or pertaining to a house or houses. More...

vicinal, vicinity - Vicinal, from Latin vicus, "group of houses," means "of or pertaining to a neighborhood"—hence, vicinity. More...

In the News

This broken gene may have turned our ancestors into marathoners—and helped humans conquer the world

Despite our couch potato lifestyles, long-distance running is in our genes. A new study in mice pinpoints how a stretch of DNA likely turned our ancestors into marathoners, giving us the endurance to conquer territory, evade predators, and eventually ... More...
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