Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 6, 2019)
Word of the Day

anchorite

Definition:(noun) A person who has retired into seclusion for religious reasons.
Synonyms:hermit
Usage: He lived in Paris more lonely than an anchorite in the deserts of Thebes.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Interrogative Sentences

An interrogative sentence is simply a sentence that asks a question. Interrogative sentences always end with question marks. What are tag questions? More...
Article of the Day

The Consolation of Philosophy

Born to a patrician family, Boethius was a Roman scholar, philosopher, and statesman who became consul in 510 CE and subsequently chief minister to the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. Condemned to death for treason, he wrote his greatest work, De Consolatione PhilosophiaeThe Consolation of Philosophy—while in prison awaiting execution. The work, which was extremely popular and influential throughout the Middle Ages and later, is written as a conversation between Boethius and whom? More...
This Day in History

US Planes Embark on First Successful Aerial Circumnavigation Attempt (1924)

Just two decades after the first successful powered flight, pilots from the US Army Air Service completed the first aerial circumnavigation of the globe. The trip took 175 days, and not all of it was smooth sailing—or flying, as it were. Weeks after the group of four airplanes set out from Seattle, Washington, one crashed in Alaska. Luckily, the crew survived, as did that of another of the planes, which later went down over the Atlantic. How many of the original planes completed the journey? More...
Today's Birthday

Philip Henry Gosse (1810)

An English naturalist, Gosse built the first marine aquarium and was an innovator in the field of marine biology. He was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, a Christian group that rejected the theory of evolution, and wrote many books on zoology, including Omphalos, an attempt to reconcile geological theories with the biblical account of creation. After his death, Gosse was caricatured as a despotic father in Father and Son, written by his son Edmund, who was also his what? More...
Quotation of the Day
The sorrow for the dead is the only sorrow from which we refuse to be divorced. Every other wound we seek to heal—every other affliction to forget; but this wound we consider it a duty to keep open—this affliction we cherish and brood over in solitude.

Washington Irving (1783-1859)

Idiom of the Day

by a wide margin

By a large amount; by a lot. More...
Today's Holiday

Founding of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (2019)

April 6, 1830, is the day on which Joseph Smith formally established the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (also known as Mormons) in Fayette, New York. Three years later, the anniversary of the Church's founding was celebrated for the first time; in 1837, a general conference was held to conduct church business and to observe the anniversary. Eventually the idea of holding an annual conference became an established custom, and it was always scheduled to encompass the April 6 founding date. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: justice

high court - A supreme court of justice. More...

attain - First meant "bring to justice." More...

revenge, justice - Revenge is personal and justice is societal. More...

blind justice - The Greek statue for justice is wearing a blindfold so she cannot see the bribes being offered to her, hence blind justice. More...

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