Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, February 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

accursed

Definition:(adjective) Under a curse.
Synonyms:maledict
Usage: Depraved as a girl, adulterous as a wife, an unnatural sister, homicide, poisoner, execrated by all who knew her, by every nation that had been visited by her, she died accursed by Heaven and earth.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Action Verbs

Action verbs are verbs that are used to explain what the subject of a sentence is actively doing. What kind of verb is used to describe a subject's condition or state of being? More...
Article of the Day

Therizinosaurs

Therizinosaurs were theropod dinosaurs with a very distinctive set of characteristics. Possessing long necks, wide torsos, and hind feet with four toes, therizinosaurs also had unique hip bones that pointed backwards and were partially fused together. However, the most striking characteristics of these dinosaurs were the enormous claws on their hands, which could reach lengths of three feet. Furthermore, skin impressions from at least one therizinosaur indicate that they were covered in what? More...
This Day in History

The Godhra Train Burning (2002)

More than a decade after a blaze on a train packed with Hindu pilgrims claimed 59 lives—many of the victims women and children—the debate rages on as to whether it was a tragic accident or deliberately set as part of a larger conspiracy. The train was passing through the Indian state of Gujarat when it was set upon by a Muslim mob near the Godhra train station and the fire broke out. Several investigations have yielded conflicting results as to the source of the blaze, yet what was done in 2011? More...
Today's Birthday

Marian Anderson (1897)

Though Anderson was recognized as one of the finest contraltos of her time, racism in the US limited her performing career. Her most electrifying moment came in 1939, when she was refused permission to sing in Washington's Constitution Hall. Outraged, then-first lady Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial instead. The concert was broadcast to great acclaim. Anderson continued to break down racial barriers, becoming the first black singer to perform where in 1955? More...
Quotation of the Day
When one pays a visit it is for the purpose of wasting other people's time, not one's own.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

go off the handle

To become uncontrollably angry; to lose control of one's temper. More...
Today's Holiday

Dominican Republic Independence Day (2022)

In the 1830s, Juan Pablo Duarte (1813-1876) organized a secret society known as La Trinitaria to fight the Haitians. After a long struggle, independence was finally declared on February 27, 1844. February 27 is still observed as the country's Independence Day and is celebrated with parades and political meetings. Dominicans usually celebrate Carnival along with Independence Day—thousands gather in the capital, Santo Domingo, for the traditional day-long parade and street party. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: understood

transpicuous - Describing something easily seen through or understood. More...

passive vocabulary - Contains lexemes we know and understand but do no actively use (in writing or speech). More...

scrutable - Describing that which can be understood through scrutiny. More...

esoteric - Its root sense is "for the initiates of a religious mystery," and it means "confined to or understood by just a few people." More...

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