Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 14, 2021)
Word of the Day

churl

Definition:(noun) A rude, boorish person.
Synonyms:boor, barbarian, peasant
Usage: He is a drunken, brawling, perilous churl, as you may find to your cost.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect Continuous

The present perfect continuous is often used to talk about something that began happening in the past (anytime "before now") and which is still happening (unfinished) in the present. We usually specify the duration of time involved, especially using which two prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

Eid ul-Fitr

Muslims mark the holy month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset. When Ramadan ends, they celebrate its conclusion with the three-day holiday Eid ul-Fitr, or simply Eid. After communities gather to pray, people put on new clothes, children are given presents, and everyone visits relatives and friends. It is the time when everyone asks pardon for all the wrongs of the past year. Under the Islamic lunar calendar, Eid can fall in any season of the year. What is the common Eid greeting? More...
This Day in History

Day of the Colombian Woman (1967)

Not much is definitively known about Policarpa Salavarrieta's early years. Even her name is subject to conjecture. What is undisputed—and secured her a place in the annals of Colombian history and, in 1967, a day commemorating her heroism—is that she sacrificed her life trying to secure Colombia's independence; she was executed on November 14, 1817, for her activities on behalf of the revolution. Aside from the day of remembrance, what other honors has the Colombian government accorded her? More...
Today's Birthday

Sir Frederick Grant Banting (1891)

Banting was a Canadian physician who, with Scottish physiologist John Macleod, won a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery of the hormone insulin. Banting and his assistant Charles Best experimented on diabetic dogs, demonstrating that insulin lowered their blood sugar. Insulin was proven effective on humans within months of the first experiments with dogs. In acknowledgment of Best's work, Banting gave him a share of his portion of the Nobel Prize. What tragic accident took Banting's life in 1941? More...
Quotation of the Day
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Idiom of the Day

be no slouch

To be very hardworking, enthusiastic, and/or skillful. More...
Today's Holiday

Plebeian Games (2021)

The Roman leader Flaminius is thought to have instituted the Plebeian Games in 220 BCE. They originally may have been held in the Circus Flaminius, which he built. Later, they may have moved to the Circus Maximus, a huge open arena between the Palatine and Aventine hills. The Games were dedicated to Jupiter, one of whose feast days was November 13, and included horse and chariot races and contests that involved running, boxing, and wrestling. The festival lasted from November 4-17, and its first nine days were devoted to theatrical performances. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: plunge

emergency - Comes from Latin emergere (e-, "from," and mergere, "to dip, plunge") and first meant "unforeseen occurrence." More...

merge - From Latin mergere, it first meant "immerse (oneself)." More...

dunk - Came from Pennsylvania/German dunke, "dip," from German tunken, "dip or plunge." More...

plounce - To plunge into liquid. More...

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