Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, April 5, 2018)
Word of the Day

heinous

Definition:(adjective) Grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable.
Synonyms:flagitious
Usage: Abusing an animal is a heinous act.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Conjunctive Adverbs of Purpose

We often use conjunctive adverbs to indicate a relationship of reason or purpose between two independent clauses. When we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb, they are traditionally separated with what? More...
Article of the Day

Wendigos

The wendigo of Algonquian mythology is a malevolent, cannibalistic spirit into which humans can transform or which can possess humans. Those who have indulged in cannibalism or succumbed to greed are thought to be particularly susceptible. It is said that whenever wendigos eat someone, they grow larger in proportion to the meal they have just had. Thus, though wendigos are constantly gorging themselves, they remain emaciated from starvation and are never full. What is windigo psychosis? More...
This Day in History

Battle of Yorktown Begins (1862)

The Battle of Yorktown took place during the Peninsular Campaign of the American Civil War, a major Union offensive aimed at capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The battle began when Union forces, under the command of Major General George McClellan, encountered enemy troops near Yorktown. Though the Union forces initially vastly outnumbered the Confederate troops, they failed to exploit this advantage and instead laid siege to the city. Why? More...
Today's Birthday

Spencer Tracy (1900)

Tracy began his acting career in the theater, but he is now recognized as a Hollywood icon and one of the most versatile performers in motion picture history. He earned his first film role in 1930, and within five years, he had appeared in more than 25 films. A two-time Academy Award winner, Tracy earned nine Oscar nominations throughout his illustrious career. He and Katharine Hepburn were a frequent on-screen team. How many films did the pair make together? More...
Quotation of the Day
Human feeling is like the mighty rivers that bless the earth: it does not wait for beauty—it flows with resistless force and brings beauty with it.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

snow on the mountain

Silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. More...
Today's Holiday

Thay Pagoda Festival (2022)

This Vietnamese festival is held in honor of Buddhist monk Dao Hanh, who lived during the Lý Dynasty (1009-1225 CE). Dao Hanh was said to have invented what is known as mua roi can, "water puppetry," an activity that plays an important part in the festival. In addition to water puppet performances, the festival features firecracker competitions, folk singing, rowing contests, and mountain-climbing events. It is held in the village of Thay (or Thuy Khe village) in the Quoc Oai District of Ha Tay Province. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lift

heavy - From the Proto-Germanic verb khabjan, "lift," came the noun khabiz, "weight," which begat the Dutch hevig and then English heavy. More...

hover - Comes from hove, "raise, lift, rise" or "linger, wait." More...

lift - The action of cutting a deck of cards used to be called the lift. More...

weigh - First meant "carry, lift, bear, raise up." More...

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