Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 12, 2015)
Word of the Day

apologist

Definition:(noun) A person who argues in defense or justification of something, such as a doctrine, policy, or institution.
Synonyms:vindicator, justifier
Usage: English youth have been so educated time out of mind, and we have hundreds of thousands of apologists and admirers of injustice, misery, and brutality, as perpetrated among children.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Imperative Sentences

We use imperative sentences to give orders, commands, and general instructions. Such sentences are said to be in what mood? More...
Article of the Day

Cesar Millan: A Dog's Best Friend

Dog Whisperer is a National Geographic Channel reality TV series in which Cesar Millan, a self-proclaimed dog behaviorist, rehabilitates unruly dogs and teaches their owners proper canine training techniques. Though he has no formal certification, Millan believes his early observations of his family's farm dogs give him unique insight into pack mentality. In 2006, Millan published Cesar's Way, a guide to dog psychology. What are the three principles of Millan's training philosophy? More...
This Day in History

Ramzi Yousef Found Guilty of Masterminding 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (1997)

In 1993, terrorists detonated a car-bomb in an underground garage of the World Trade Center complex in New York City, killing six, injuring more than a thousand, and causing more than $300 million in damage. In all, ten militant Islamist conspirators were convicted of involvement in the bombing, including Yousef, who also bombed an important Shia shrine in Iran in 1994 and later planned a large-scale terrorist scheme that included killing the pope. What alleged 9-11 mastermind is Yousef's uncle? More...
Today's Birthday

Grace Kelly (1929)

Kelly was an American actress who gained critical and popular praise for her performances in High Noon and The Country Girl, for which she won an Academy Award. She also starred in three Alfred Hitchcock films but cut short her promising acting career in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco and retiring from acting. In 1982, she died in an accident after suffering a stroke while driving on a mountain road. How did she and Prince Rainier meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am the family face; flesh perishes, I live on, projecting trait and trace through time to times anon, and leaping from place to place over oblivion.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Idiom of the Day

fork over the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. More...
Today's Holiday

Annakut Festival (Govardhan Puja) (2018)

This Hindu festival is observed on the day following Dewali in northern India. It celebrates an event in Krishna's life in which he lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger for seven days, to protect the cows and people of Vrindavana against the deluge of rain sent by Indra, god of the heavens and rains. People come to the nearby town of Vrindavan from all over India to visit and worship at Mount Govardhan on this day. Hindus all over the world celebrate this day by preparing hundreds of different food dishes and taking them to temples to offer to the gods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silk

floss - A word for untwisted filaments of silk used in making embroidery or satin. More...

lame - A material consisting of silk or other yarns interwoven with metallic threads. More...

scroop - The rustle of silk. More...

tabby - The common tabby cat derives its name from silk with a wavy pattern, from Arabic utabi, the name of the quarter in Baghdad where the silk was made. More...

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