Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 18, 2019)
Word of the Day

sacristy

Definition:(noun) A room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept or meetings are held.
Synonyms:vestry
Usage: We were admitted to the sacristy and shown the magnificent robes which the Pope wore when he crowned Napoleon I.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Degrees of Comparison - Adverbs

Just like adjectives, adverbs have comparative and superlative degrees; adverbs in their basic forms are sometimes known as being in the positive degree. What do superlative adverbs identify? More...
Article of the Day

Akbarnama

Although he was illiterate, Akbar, the third and greatest Mughal Emperor, was a great lover of the arts and learning. His passion for knowledge led him to attract men of genius to his court, including Abulfazl, whom he commissioned to write his official biography. The three-volume work, known as the Akbarnama, contains an account of Akbar’s reign, which lasted from 1556 to 1605; a history of Akbar’s ancestors; and an administrative report of the empire. How many years did it take to complete? More...
This Day in History

WWII: First Armed Insurgency in Warsaw Ghetto (1943)

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was the Jewish armed resistance that took place in the Warsaw Ghetto of Nazi-occupied Poland during WWII. By July 1942, the Nazis had forced 500,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto. Starvation killed thousands each month and thousands more were transferred to "labor" camps every day. When word reached the ghetto that the destination was actually the gas chambers at Treblinka, the newly formed Jewish insurgency attacked the Nazis. How long did the insurgency last? More...
Today's Birthday

Archibald Alexander Leach, AKA Cary Grant (1904)

Grant performed with an acrobatic comedy troupe in England before he found parts in stage musicals. After he made his film debut in 1932, his debonair charm, good looks, and distinctive voice made him a popular star in sophisticated comedies such as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and The Philadelphia Story. He also starred in many Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, including North by Northwest. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1970. What was his last film? More...
Quotation of the Day
As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

have (hand)writing like chicken scratch

To have very poor, messy, and/or illegible handwriting, likened to the marks made in the dirt by a chicken. More...
Today's Holiday

Rukmini Ashtami (2020)

Vaishnavite Hindus believe that Rukmini, Lord Krishna's primary wife and queen, was born on this day. The fast known as Rukmini Ashtami is observed by women, both married and unmarried. Rukmini, Krishna, and Pradyumna, their son, are worshipped. A Brahman priest is also fed and given dan-dakshina, or charitable gifts, on this day. Many middle-class Hindus believe that observance of this fast ensures conjugal happiness and prosperity, and that it will help them find good husbands for unmarried girls. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: unexpected

visit, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence. More...

October surprise - An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes. More...

off the wall - Alludes to squash or handball, when a shot comes off the wall at an unexpected or erratic angle. More...

wrong-foot - To disconcert by doing something unexpected. More...

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