Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, February 14, 2020)
Word of the Day

walkaway

Definition:(noun) An easy victory.
Synonyms:blowout, romp, runaway, shoo-in, laugher
Usage: Stanley has a gift for science and has won first prize at his past four science fairs, so this year's fair is almost a guaranteed walkaway for him.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjunctive Adverbs for Complete Contrast

There are two types of contrast that we can illustrate using conjunctive adverbs. One, known as "complete contrast," is when the two opposing things are total opposites. What conjunctive adjectives can be used to show complete contrast? More...
Article of the Day

The Tabernacle

According to the Torah, the Tabernacle was the portable sanctuary of the Hebrews, constructed to specifications revealed to Moses by God and used during the Hebrews' desert wanderings after the exodus from Egypt. In 957 BCE, during the reign of King Solomon, it was replaced by the Temple of Jerusalem as a sign that God had given his people rest from their wandering. Elaborately described in the Bible, it was divided into an outer room and an inner room, the Holy of Holies, which housed what? More...
This Day in History

Ayatollah Khomeini Calls for the Execution of Author Salman Rushdie (1989)

When British-Indian author Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988, it received much critical acclaim, but it was also the subject of intense controversy within the Muslim community due to its allegedly blasphemous content. Particularly outraged was Iran's political and religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a call for Rushdie's execution. What misunderstanding about the book's title, as translated into Arabic, may have contributed to the crisis? More...
Today's Birthday

Anna Howard Shaw (1847)

Some feminists observe Shaw's birthday in place of Valentine's Day, celebrating her legacy as a leading American suffragist, doctor, and lecturer. During World War I, she coordinated women's activities in the war effort, becoming the first woman to earn the Distinguished Service Medal. After becoming a close confidante of Susan B. Anthony, Shaw worked as one of the most effective speakers of the suffrage movement. She was also a minister who became the first woman to be ordained by what church? More...
Quotation of the Day
Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

land-poor

Owning a large amount of land that is unprofitable and being without the means to maintain it or capitalize on its fertility. More...
Today's Holiday

Vinegrower's Day (2021)

This pre-harvest vineyard festival in Bulgaria involves pruning the vines and sprinkling them with wine. Ritual songs and dances are performed in hopes of a plentiful grape harvest. In some areas, a "Vine King" is crowned with a wreath of twigs from the vineyards. Everyone treats him with great respect, for it is believed that fertility depends on the King's happiness. Visits to well-known Bulgarian vineyards are organized, the vines are pruned, and guests are given an opportunity to sample the local wine and foods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: naked

gymnasium - A school where Greek youths were given athletic training while naked (gymnos). More...

hare, rabbit, jackrabbit - Hares live in the open and bear young that have fur at birth, while rabbits live in burrows and bear young that are naked at birth; jackrabbits are hares, not rabbits. More...

stark naked - A corruption of start naked, from Anglo-Saxon steort, "tail" —as it described being naked to the tail. More...

stag - To go in stag meant to "go naked," which influenced the later "stag party." More...

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