Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, September 19, 2018)
Word of the Day

strangulate

Definition:(verb) Kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air.
Synonyms:strangle, throttle
Usage: The police are searching for a serial killer who strangulates his victims.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Past Perfect Continuous Tense

The past perfect continuous tense (also called the "past perfect progressive tense") is used to describe an action that began and was still in progress in the past before another past action started. What do we usually use the present perfect continuous tense to emphasize? More...
Article of the Day

Aediles

In ancient Rome, magistrates in charge of public works, games, buildings, and roads were called aediles, derived from the Latin word for "temple" or "building." Appointed from the ranks of both patricians and plebeians, these officials were generally young men intending to pursue high political office. Aediles supervised markets, the grain supply, and the water supply and also had powers to enforce public order. The position was created at the same time as what important Roman office? More...
This Day in History

The Mexico City Earthquake (1985)

At 7:18 AM, an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán, releasing more than 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Several hundred miles away in Mexico's capital, Mexico City, the devastation was catastrophic. Official estimates place the death toll at 10,000, but several times that number may have actually perished. Tens of thousands of others were hurt and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Why was Mexico City so hard hit? More...
Today's Birthday

Emil Zátopek (1922)

Zátopek, the "Czech Locomotive," was a long-distance runner who won three gold medals at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He won gold in the 5,000-m and 10,000-m runs, and he amazingly earned gold yet again after deciding at the last minute to compete in the first marathon of his life. His wife, competing in the javelin toss, added a gold medal to the family collection at the same Olympics. Zátopek's success was likely due to his grueling training methods. What did he wear while training? More...
Quotation of the Day
All visible objects ... are but as pasteboard masks.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

rid out

(chiefly Midwestern United States) To clean, empty, or clear out (something or some space). Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of San Gennaro (2018)

San Gennaro, or St. Januarius, fourth-century bishop of Benevento, is the patron saint of Naples, Italy. He was eventually beheaded during the reign of Diocletian, and his body was brought to Naples, along with a vial containing some of his blood. The congealed blood, preserved since that time in the Cathedral of San Gennaro, is claimed to liquefy on the anniversary of his death each year—an event that has drawn crowds to Naples since 1389. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: truck

roo bar - An Australian term for a metal bar on the front of a car or truck that prevents the vehicle from being damaged in the event of a collision with an animal (such as a kangaroo). More...

snow groomer - A truck or other vehicle, either with tracks running along both sides or dragging equipment behind, used to maintain ski hills and groom (pack down) snow. More...

truck farm - Refers to the sense of truck as "commodities for sale," and, later, "garden produce for market." More...

truck - Formed by combining Latin trochos, "wheel," and Greek trechein, "to run," it originally referred to a wooden wheel. More...

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