Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, July 2, 2015)
Word of the Day

turncoat

Definition:(noun) One who traitorously switches allegiance.
Synonyms:apostate, deserter, ratter, recreant, renegade
Usage: He was a turncoat who betrayed his friends to curry favor with the King.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

We use the future perfect continuous tense to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. How is the future perfect continuous tense most commonly formed? More...
Article of the Day

Midwifery

Midwifery is the art of assisting at childbirth. In ancient Greece and Rome, midwives had some formal training, but as the medical arts declined during medieval times, the skills a midwife possessed were gained solely from experience and lore. With the upsurge in medical science in Europe in the 16th c., formal medical training became more prevalent and professional schools of midwifery were established. How are the criteria for becoming a midwife in the US different from those in the UK? More...
This Day in History

First Wal-Mart Store Opens in Rogers, Arkansas (1962)

Today the world's largest corporation, the Walmart chain of superstores was founded by Sam Walton, a former US Army Captain with an economics degree. Walton owned and ran a chain of five-and-dime stores in Arkansas before he opened his first Wal-Mart store in 1962. In the 50 years since, the company, which sells brand-name goods in high volume at low prices, has flourished. It now has 8,500 stores operating in over a dozen countries. What percent of the US population visits a Walmart each week? More...
Today's Birthday

Hermann Hesse (1877)

Hesse was German novelist and poet who wrote about the individual's search for spiritual fulfillment, often through mysticism. His major works include Siddhartha and Steppenwolf. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. At around the time of his death in 1962, his novels began to enjoy a revival of popularity due to their association with some of the themes of the 1960s counterculture movement. What fellow German writers did Hesse help to escape from the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
Criticism, that fine flower of personal expression in the garden of letters.

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Idiom of the Day

put a gun to (someone's) head

To force someone to do something he or she does not want to do, especially by the use of threats or intimidation (not necessarily with an actual gun). More...
Today's Holiday

William Tell Play (2020)

The legendary Swiss hero William Tell symbolized the struggle for individual and political freedom. When he defied the Austrian authorities, he was forced to shoot an apple off his son's head in order to gain his freedom. The story of his test as a marksman has passed into folklore, and German dramatist J. C. Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) wrote a play about Tell in 1804. Set in the environs of Altdorf, the legendary site of the apple-shooting incident, Schiller's play has been performed at an open-air theater in Interlaken, Switzerland, since 1912. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: seats

dress circle - So called because it is a circular row of seats at an entertainment, the spectators of which are expected to be in dress clothes. More...

sedile - A seat by the altar for a member of the church clergy. More...

tandem - From Latin, literally "eventually, at length," and then, metaphorically, "acting conjointly"; in the 1880s, it was transferred from a two-horse carriage to a bicycle with two seats, one behind the other. More...

circus - Latin for "ring," its first use was for the arena of Roman antiquity, an oval or circular area enclosed by tiers of seats and usually covered by a tent. More...

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