Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, January 16, 2020)
Word of the Day

friable

Definition:(adjective) Easily broken into small fragments or reduced to powder.
Synonyms:crumbly
Usage: The men disturbed the loose, friable earth of the slope ... disclosing human bones already nearly uncovered by the action of water and frost.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Aspects of the Present Tense

The present tense is combined with four traditional aspects to form the structures that are known as the present simple, the present continuous (or present progressive), the present perfect, and the present perfect continuous. Although these structures are generally taught as individual "tenses" of verbs, what are they are actually? More...
Article of the Day

Pontus

Pontus was an ancient region in northeast Asia Minor on the coast of the Black Sea. It became an independent kingdom with its capital at Amasia in the 4th century BCE. At the height of its influence under King Mithradates VI, it controlled all of Asia Minor. It continued expanding its borders until 66 BCE, when Mithradates was defeated by the Roman general Pompey the Great and Pontus was incorporated into the Roman Empire. What popular fruit of the rose family is thought to be native to Pontus? More...
This Day in History

Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentence? More...
Today's Birthday

Franz Clemens Honoratus Hermann Brentano (1838)

Nine years after being ordained, Brentano renounced the priesthood due to religious doubts and immersed himself more deeply in the study and teaching of philosophy. With his 1874 text Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, he sought to establish psychology as an independent science. He founded act psychology, or intentionalism, which concerns itself with the mind's "acts"—such as perception, loving, and hating—rather than its contents. Which philosophical luminaries did he influence? More...
Quotation of the Day
Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism are all very good words for the lips: especially prunes and prism.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

through the grapevine

Through or via an informal means of communication or information, especially gossip. More...
Today's Holiday

Pongal (2022)

A colorful four-day harvest celebration in southern India, Pongal honors the sun, the earth, and the cow. The first day is for cleaning everything in the house. On the second day, freshly harvested rice and jaggery (palm sugar) are put to boil in new pots, and people cry out, "Pongal!" ("It boils.") On the third day, village cows and oxen are bathed, decorated with garlands of bells, beads, and leaves, and worshipped. On the fourth day, bundles containing money are tied to the sharpened horns of bulls. Young men who are brave enough try to snatch the money from the bulls' horns. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: waist

drop waist - One that has the seam at the hips, rather than the waist. More...

blouse - First a garment, usually belted at the waist, worn by peasants or workmen. More...

midriff - Based on the Old English hrif, "belly," it is the front of the body between the chest and the waist. More...

calypso - The style in which a shirt's tails are tied in a knot at the waist. More...

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