Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 6, 2015)
Word of the Day

febricity

Definition:(noun) The condition of having a fever.
Synonyms:feverishness, pyrexia
Usage: His febricity was an indication that his wound had become infected.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Future Continuous Tense

To form the future continuous, we use "will be" or "is/are going to be" + the present participle of the main verb. Much of the time, either construction may be used with no appreciable difference in the meaning of the sentence. However, we sometimes use the "will be" construction for actions or events that are more certain to happen, whereas the "going to be" construction can be used to imply what? More...
Article of the Day

City of the Dead

A necropolis, Greek for "city of the dead," is a large cemetery or burial ground. The term typically is used in reference to burial grounds that lie in close proximity to centers of ancient civilization. In fantasy literature, the word necropolis takes on a different connotation, often describing cities populated by zombies or the undead. The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, which dates back to 2500 BCE, is probably the world's oldest necropolis. Why did ancient Romans adopt the necropolis? More...
This Day in History

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat Is Assassinated (1981)

As president, Sadat led Egypt in a 1973 war with Israel that bolstered his popularity throughout the Arab world, even though the war was a military loss. However, after he negotiated a peace treaty with Israel in the Camp David Accords—an initiative for which he shared a Nobel Peace Prize—his popularity in the Arab world plummeted. During an annual military parade, he was ambushed and killed by extremists. What three people made a rare simultaneous appearance at his funeral? More...
Today's Birthday

Johanna "Jenny" Maria Lind (1820)

One of the greatest coloratura sopranos of her time, Lind was a Swedish opera star who caused a sensation touring Europe. Her fame led American showman P.T. Barnum to use his innovative publicity techniques to arrange a hugely successful 1850 US tour for her. Hans Christian Andersen once fell in love with her and wrote "The Nightingale" in her honor, leading to her nickname, "The Swedish Nightingale." A clipper ship and a class of locomotive were named for Lind, as was what piece of furniture? More...
Quotation of the Day
Grace was in all her steps, heaven in her eye,
In every gesture dignity and love.

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

in all honesty

In one's sincere opinion; without any disingenuousness. More...
Today's Holiday

Styrian Autumn (Steirischer Herbst) (2020)

Dedicated to the avant-garde in music, drama, literature and the fine arts, this month-long festival in Austria celebrates spontaneity and experimentation. Founded in 1968, it presents world premieres of plays, operas and musical works by contemporary artists, exhibitions of contemporary art, and a variety of fringe events that include circus acts and multimedia shows. Ticket prices are purposely kept low, and many festival events are offered free of charge. The festival takes its name from the province of Styria, whose capital city, Graz, is where the work of Austria's modernists is performed and displayed. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prone

bellicose, belligerent - Bellicose orients "prone to fighting" toward an individual, while belligerent refers to an organized body, a national or political entity—a person is bellicose, a nation is belligerent. More...

grovel, groveling - Grovel is a back-formation from groveling—which first meant "face downward in a prone or prostrate position." More...

prone, prostrate, supine - Prone is lying on your face—facing downwards—which is also true for prostrate, but only in expressing adoration or begging for protection; supine is lying on your back. More...

kratogen - The dormant area of land lying next to one that is prone to earthquakes. More...

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