Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020)
Word of the Day

laid-back

Definition:(adjective) Unhurried and relaxed.
Synonyms:mellow
Usage: The interview was so laid-back that it felt more like I was chatting with a friend than promoting myself as a candidate for the job.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "May" to Express Future Wishes

The modal verb "may" is used in more formal language to express a wish or desire that something will be the case in the future. When "may" is used in this way, what happens to the subject in the sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Penjing

Penjing is the ancient art of growing miniature trees in tiny containers. Originally developed in China, penjing was the precursor to bonsai, which was adopted by the Japanese. The trees are kept small and proportionate through careful pruning, feeding, and spare watering. Branches are trained in the desired shape by the application of wire coils. Weathered trees in harsh climates serve as natural models for the often gnarled, bent, and overhanging miniature trees. How old is penjing? More...
This Day in History

Veder Snaps Pulitzer Prize-Winning Burst of Joy (1973)

Taken at the end of the Vietnam War, Slava "Sal" Veder's Burst of Joy became a symbol of the widespread sentiment in America that the horrors of war were over and military families could begin the healing process. The photo captures the return home of Lt. Col. Robert Stirm, who had been shot down over North Vietnam and held as a prisoner of war for over five years. It shows his children running to greet him on the tarmac, his daughter with open arms. Why was the reunion bittersweet? More...
Today's Birthday

Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones, Jr. (1902)

A practicing attorney, Jones was only an amateur golfer, yet in 1930 he became the only man to win four major golf championships in a single year and the only sports figure to be honored with two New York City ticker-tape parades. At 28, he had already won 13 major championships. He was hailed for his sportsmanship when he lost a major tournament by one stroke after calling a penalty on himself for an infraction that no one else saw. What was the infraction, and what tournament did he lose? More...
Quotation of the Day
The first springs of great events, like those of great rivers, are so often mean and so little that in decency they ought to be hid.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

have a good day

cliché An expression of farewell. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Patrick's Day Parade (Savannah, Georgia) (2020)

This parade is one of the oldest and biggest parades in the U.S., held since 1824 in Savannah, Georgia, a city with a long Irish history. The first public procession is recorded in 1824, and public parades have been held ever since. Today the parade, which follows a route through the city's historic district, comprises between 200 and 300 separate units, including family groups, commercial floats, high school bands, and military bands and marching units. The day begins with mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: inherent

imminent, immanent - Imminent is "about to happen" and immanent is "inherent" or "pervading the material world." More...

intrinsic - Latin intrinsecus, "on the inside," came to be the English intrinsic, "inner, internal" and "inherent." More...

proper - First meant "inherent, intrinsic." More...

innate, inherent - The word innate means "inborn" and should apply to living things; inherent is "essential, intrinsic" and applies best to nonliving things like ideas. More...

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