Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 24, 2022)
Word of the Day

tergiversate

Definition:(verb) To use evasions or ambiguities; to change sides.
Synonyms:equivocate, prevaricate, palter
Usage: She refused to tergiversate on the subject, stating her opinion concisely and openly.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Continuous Tense with Adverbs

When using the present continuous tense, we can add adverbs relating to time between "be" and the present participle. What do such adverbs serve to specify or clarify? More...
Article of the Day

Maimonides

Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, commonly known by his Greek name Maimonides, was a Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher. Maimonides was by far the most influential figure in medieval Jewish philosophy. Maimonides composed both works of Jewish scholarship and medical texts. What are Maimonides' 13 principles of faith? More...
This Day in History

The Mont Blanc Tunnel Fire (1999)

The Mont Blanc Tunnel was completed in 1965 and became a major trans-Alpine transport route linking France and Italy. On March 24, 1999, passing motorists alerted a driver that his truck was smoking. His cargo of flour and margarine had caught fire in the tunnel. The fire burned for 53 hours and reached temperatures over 1,832°F (1,000°C), trapping drivers and thwarting rescue efforts. The blaze claimed 39 lives. How many people were saved by a man on a motorcycle before he died in the inferno? More...
Today's Birthday

Fatty Arbuckle (1887)

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle was a portly American silent film comedian. Despite his size, Arbuckle was physically adept and surprisingly agile. His comedies are known for their rollicking, fast-paced nature, and he was particularly fond of the now-famous "pie in the face" gag. Arbuckle had a lasting impact on the silent film genre and mentored stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. However, he is best known for his involvement in what scandal that destroyed his career? More...
Quotation of the Day
Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

Willa Cather (1873-1947)

Idiom of the Day

send a shiver down (someone's) spine

To cause an intense feeling of excitement, exhilaration, nervousness, or fear in someone. More...
Today's Holiday

National Cherry Blossom Festival (2022)

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., is held when the cherry trees planted around the Potomac River Tidal Basin bloom. The 3,000 trees were a gift to the city of Washington from the city of Tokyo, Japan, in 1912, and today they are the focal point of a two-week festival celebrating the friendship between the two countries. The festivities include formal receptions for the 52 festival princesses (representing the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territory of Guam) and a Cherry Blossom parade through downtown Washington. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: withdraw

anchorite - Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw." More...

cease, cede - Cease and cede come from Latin cedere, "go away, withdraw." More...

retire - From French retirer, from re-, "back" and tirer, "throw," its first sense was "withdraw to a place of safety or seclusion." More...

take for the kitchen - To withdraw from a conversation or to remain silent. More...

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