Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, February 3, 2020)
Word of the Day

rootless

Definition:(adjective) Wandering aimlessly without ties to a place or community.
Synonyms:vagabond
Usage: Away the rootless hobos shuffled, bindles over their shoulders, their only destination the shifting horizon.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Creating the Subjunctive Mood

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. When we express wishes, we create the subjunctive mood by moving the main verb of the sentence one tense back in the past. To convey a wish about a situation in the present, what tense would we use? More...
Article of the Day

Tillia Tepe

Tillia Tepe, which literally means "Golden Hill" in Persian, is an ancient necropolis in northern Afghanistan that dates to the 1st century BCE. In 1979, a year before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, a Soviet-Afghan team of archaeologists discovered some 20,000 gold ornaments in six graves at the site. The treasure went missing in subsequent wars and was thought to have been destroyed by the Taliban, but it has since been rediscovered and widely exhibited. To whom did the gold first belong? More...
This Day in History

Cavalese Cable Car Disaster (1998)

Relations between Italy and the US were strained in 1998 when a US military plane, flying too low and too fast through a valley near the Italian town of Cavalese, clipped an aerial tramway cable. The cable car fell, killing all 20 people on board. The pilot and navigator were acquitted of homicide in a US military court, sparking outrage in Italy, but were later convicted of obstruction of justice for destroying a video of the incident. How did the US attempt to repair relations with Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Norman Rockwell (1894)

Rockwell was an American illustrator whose idealized scenes of family life in small-town America gained enormous popularity with the public. His illustrations appeared in major periodicals such as Collier's and Life. From 1916 to 1963, he produced 317 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, and during WWII his patriotic posters were distributed by the government. What unusually serious subject did the sentimental illustrator cover for Look magazine later in his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
The Tin Woodman knew very well he had no heart, and therefore he took great care never to be cruel or unkind to anything.

L. Frank Baum (1856-1919)

Idiom of the Day

get with the times

slang To understand or be knowledgeable of modern times, especially as relates to the contemporary trends, ideas, or fashions. (Usually said as a jocular or sarcastic imperative.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Agatha Festival (2020)

Sant' Agata (St. Agatha) is especially revered in Catania, Sicily, where her relics are preserved in a silver casket. On February 3, 4, and 5 each year, a silver bust of St. Agatha wearing a jewel-encrusted crown is carried in procession from the cathedral to Catania's various churches. Included in the procession are the ceri, huge wooden replicas of candlesticks which are carved with episodes from the saint's martyrdom. The streets are lined with streamers and flowers, and illuminated by strings of colored lights after dark. The festival ends with a fireworks display in the piazza. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pockets

fishing vest - A sleeveless jacket with many pockets for carrying small objects. More...

English billiards - Played on a table with no pockets. More...

gnurr - The substance that collects over time in the bottoms of pockets or cuffs of trousers. More...

pucker - Has the underlying notion of being formed into "pockets." More...

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