Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 11, 2020)
Word of the Day

soothsayer

Definition:(noun) One who claims to be able to foretell events or predict the future; a seer.
Synonyms:forecaster, predictor, prognosticator
Usage: My mother does indeed sometimes send for a soothsayer and question him, but I give his prophesying no heed.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is formed by using the present tense of the auxiliary verb "have" (or "has," if used with third-person singular pronouns) along with "been" (the past participle of the auxiliary verb "be") and the present participle ("-ing" form) of the "main" verb. Generally, when do we use the present perfect continuous? More...
Article of the Day

Operation Gladio

In 1990, Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti exposed a clandestine NATO "stay-behind" initiative in which cells of agents secretly remained in various nations after WWII, purportedly to conduct sabotage and organize and arm resistance groups in the event of a Soviet invasion. Implicated in multiple bombings, murders, and false-flag operations across Europe, the CIA-backed Operation Gladio was condemned by European Parliament and disbanded. What activities may have been sponsored by Gladio? More...
This Day in History

Buchenwald Concentration Camp Liberated by American Troops (1945)

Buchenwald was one of the first and largest concentration camps in Nazi Germany. As US forces closed in on the camp near the end of WWII, the Nazis began evacuating its prisoners, forcing them on "death marches" during which an estimated 13,500 were killed. On April 9, inmates at the camp used a makeshift radio transmitter to inform the Allies about the evacuations and beg for help. What did the prisoners do when they received word that the Americans were coming to liberate them? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles Evans Hughes, Sr. (1862)

Hughes was an American statesman and jurist. He served as governor of New York and as a Supreme Court justice before losing the 1916 presidential race, one of the closest in US history. It has been reported that, on the night of the election, Hughes went to bed believing he had won. According to the story, a reporter later called and was told that "the president is asleep," to which he responded, "When he wakes up, tell him he isn't the president." What did Hughes do after losing the election? More...
Quotation of the Day
No man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Idiom of the Day

get (one's) ears lowered

To get a haircut, especially to a length that reveals one's ears. More...
Today's Holiday

Caitra Parb (2020)

In the Hindu festival of Caitra Parb, held in Orissa, India, people fast, dance, and hunt. Heads of the families pay homage to their forefathers in the presence of the village priest, or Jani, and family members put on festive new costumes. Animal sacrifice plays a prominent part in the celebration, which also signals the beginning of the mango season. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: litter

reckling, wallydrag - Reckling and wallydrag are both names for the runt of a litter. More...

farrow - Now the term for a litter of pigs, it originally meant "young pig," from Indo-European porkos. More...

queen - A litter-bearing female cat. More...

tantony - The smallest pig in a litter. More...

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