Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 10, 2022)
Word of the Day

cardinal

Definition:(adjective) Of foremost importance; paramount.
Synonyms:fundamental, central, primal
Usage: The cardinal rule of membership in the secret society was never to reveal its existence to outsiders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Em Dashes with Missing Text

Occasionally, dashes can be used to represent words or parts of words that are omitted from a sentence. These can be intentional omissions, as for censorship purposes, or because the missing text is unknown. If only a part of a word is missing, how many em dashes in a row are used to indicate the missing letters? More...
Article of the Day

The Bahá'í Faith

The Bahá'í faith is an emerging global religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh, a 19th-century Iranian exile. It is a doctrinal outgrowth of Babism, with Bahá'u'lláh revered as the Promised One of the earlier religion. Bahá'í faith proclaims the essential unity of all religions and the unity of humanity. It is concerned with social ethics and has no priesthood or sacraments. Emphasis is laid upon simplicity of living and upon service to the suffering. How many Bahá'ís are there today? More...
This Day in History

Belfast Agreement Signed (1998)

The Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, was a major step in the Northern Ireland (NI) peace process. Signed by the British and Irish governments and endorsed by most of NI's political parties, it secured the commitment of all parties to "exclusively democratic and peaceful means of resolving differences on political issues" and provided for extensive Home Rule in the province. How did vague wording in some of the agreement's provisions help ensure its acceptance? More...
Today's Birthday

Max von Sydow (1929)

Max von Sydow is an internationally acclaimed Swedish actor who is known in particular for a number of film collaborations with his mentor, director Ingmar Bergman, including his iconic chess match with Death in The Seventh Seal. Von Sydow honed his acting skills on both stage and screen in Scandinavia before starring in many Hollywood films, such as The Exorcist. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award but has yet to win one. What are some of his most recent film roles? More...
Quotation of the Day
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Idiom of the Day

spring fever

A feeling of often restless excitement or exuberance coinciding with the onset of warmer spring weather. More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2022)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and later The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tax

excise - As in tax, it is from Middle Dutch excijs, from Latin accensum, "to tax." More...

tax - From Latin taxare, "censure, charge, or compute." More...

toll - Traces back to Greek telos, "tax." More...

disposable income, surplus income - Disposable income or surplus income is what you have left after taxes and other government obligations—i.e. what you have left to live on. More...

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