Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, April 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

subside

Definition:(verb) Wear off or die down.
Synonyms:lessen
Usage: The doctor told me that the pain should subside during the night and that I should feel much better by morning.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Would

The modal auxiliary verb "would" has a variety of functions and uses, including replacing "will" for things that happened or began in the past, or describing hypothetical situations. What type of mood is used to express hypotheticals and desires? More...
Article of the Day

Euthanasia

Derived from the Ancient Greek expression meaning "good death," euthanasia refers to the practice of ending a life, typically in cases of terminal illness, either by painlessly causing death or failing to prevent death from natural causes. Illegal in most countries, euthanasia is a controversial subject, not only because of the many moral dilemmas associated with it, but also because the word itself can be defined in many ways. What does Hippocrates say about euthanasia in the Hippocratic Oath? More...
This Day in History

Grant's Tomb Dedicated (1897)

The remains of American Civil War general and US President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant, lie interred in Grant's Tomb. The granite and marble structure, designed by architect John Duncan, was completed in 1897 and dedicated on what would have been Grant's 75th birthday. The tomb complex is located in New York City's scenic Riverside Park. A major restoration by the National Park Service was completed by its centennial. What did Duncan use as a general model for his design? More...
Today's Birthday

Herbert Spencer (1820)

Admired by some and loathed by others, Spencer was one of the most discussed Victorian thinkers. An English sociologist and philosopher, he was an advocate of the theory of social Darwinism. In his vast, multi-volume System of Synthetic Philosophy, he held that the physical, organic, and social realms are interconnected and develop according to identical evolutionary principles. To describe his theory of sociocultural evolution, he coined what well-known phrase? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is a hopeless endeavor to attract people to a theater unless they can be first brought to believe that they will never get into it.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

shaken up

Greatly startled, shocked, or upset. More...
Today's Holiday

Sierra Leone Independence Day (2022)

This national holiday celebrates the day Sierra Leone became independent from Britain in 1961. Independence Day festivities are especially elaborate in the capital city of Freetown. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hood

apartheid - From Dutch apart, "separate," and -heid, "-hood," it is pronounced uh-PAHR-tayt or uh-PAHR-tight. More...

chaperone, chaperon - Chaperone comes from French chaperon, meaning "hood" or "cowl, head covering," which was worn from the 16th century by ladies who served as guides and guardians; chaperon is the standard spelling and chaperone is a variant resulting from pronunciation. More...

cobra - From Portuguese cobra de capello, "snake with hood"—based on Latin colubra, "snake." More...

hood - Etymologically, hood and hat are the same word, ultimately both meaning "head-covering." More...

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