Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 14, 2021)
Word of the Day

instigate

Definition:(verb) Provoke or stir up.
Synonyms:incite
Usage: The violence was instigated by ex-members of the secret police.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Action Verbs

Action verbs (also known as dynamic verbs) are verbs that are used to explain what the subject of a sentence is actively doing. What is a stative verb? More...
Article of the Day

Raëlism

Raëlism is a cult religion founded in the 1970s by French journalist and race car driver Claude Vorilhon, now known as Raël. Raëlism teaches that life on Earth was created by a species of extraterrestrials called the Elohim. Raëlians discourage the use of recreational drugs, coffee, and alcohol, but have liberal views of sexuality, accepting homosexuality and encouraging members to explore their desires. They also support cloning and claimed in 2002 to have cloned a human named what? More...
This Day in History

"Baby Jessica" Falls Down a Well (1987)

Jessica McClure became known to most Americans as "Baby Jessica." At 18 months old, McClure fell into an 8-inch (20-cm) wide well in Midland, Texas. The 58-hour rescue effort captivated the country. For those few days, in the words of US President Ronald Reagan, "everybody in America became godfathers and godmothers of Jessica." Donations poured in from those moved by the child's plight. What were the physical ramifications of her ordeal? More...
Today's Birthday

Hannah Arendt (1906)

Jewish political philosopher Hannah Arendt fled Germany for France and then the US following Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Her reputation as a scholar and writer was firmly established with the publication of The Origins of Totalitarianism, which linked Nazism and Communism to 19th-century imperialism and anti-Semitism. Her next major publication, The Human Condition, likewise received wide acclaim. What controversial concept did she put forth in her Eichmann in Jerusalem? More...
Quotation of the Day
You and I, dear reader, are each the center of the universe in our respective opinions. You, as I understand it, were brought into being by a considerate Providence in order that you might read and pay me for what I write; while I, in your opinion, am an article sent into the world to write something for you to read.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Idiom of the Day

mouth-watering

Delicious; particularly appetizing in appearance, aroma, or description, especially as makes one's mouth salivate. More...
Today's Holiday

Yemen Revolution Days (2021)

Yemen observes two Revolution Days: one commemorates the revolutionary movement that overthrew the monarchy of Imam Muhammad al-Badr on September 26, 1962, and helped pave the way for the creation of the Yemen Arab Republic. Before that could occur, however, British occupation of the area remained another force impeding independence. Revolts against the British then ensued in 1962-63, and, by 1967, the British granted Yemen its sovereignty. These revolts are commemorated on October 14. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: interpretation

eisegesis - The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas. More...

hermeneutic - An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture. More...

case-sensitive - If something is case-sensitive, there is a different meaning or interpretation based on upper- and lower-cased letters. More...

semiotics - The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. More...

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