Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 12, 2017)
Word of the Day

meritorious

Definition:(adjective) Deserving reward or praise.
Synonyms:meritable
Usage: He carried himself with pride, as though, forsooth, he had achieved a deed praiseworthy and meritorious.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Shall

The modal auxiliary verb "shall" is used in many of the same ways as "will," including to form future tenses and to make requests or offers. Generally, "shall" is only used with what subject pronouns? More...
Article of the Day

Dunes

Dunes are mounds or ridges of wind-blown sand that form in arid regions and along coasts, areas where there is plenty of sand, strong winds, low rainfall, and some vegetation or obstructions to trap the sand. The shape of a dune—crescent, linear, star, dome, or parabolic, to name a few—is dictated by the prevailing wind pattern. Dunes that are not stabilized by vegetation often migrate, driven by the wind, and may cause damage as they move. What are some techniques for halting their migration? More...
This Day in History

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed for Aiding Allied Soldiers (1915)

An English nurse, Cavell was working to improve the nursing standards at a Brussels hospital when World War I broke out. After Germany occupied Belgium, she became involved with an underground group that helped about 200 Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands. In 1915, she was arrested by the German occupation authorities and court-martialed. Despite diplomatic pressure on Germany, she was executed and became a celebrated martyr of the Allies. What reportedly went wrong at the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform? More...
Quotation of the Day
To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent. A reporter can write equally well about everything that is presented to his view, but a creative writer can do his best only with what lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

mouth-breathing

(used before a noun) Dimwitted, foolish, or stupid; of low or stunted intelligence. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar (2021)

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or "big heads"—grotesque puppets with huge heads. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: ruin

confuse - Originally meant "rout" or "bring to ruin." More...

naufrage - An old word for shipwreck or ruin. More...

defeature - The undoing or ruin of something. More...

fordo - "To do away with," "to destroy, ruin." More...

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