Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022)
Word of the Day

moire

Definition:(adjective) Having a wavy or rippled surface pattern. Used of fabric.
Synonyms:watered
Usage: As the lady sat down, the folds of her moire silk dress rustled about her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Future Perfect Tense

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. What is the most common way we create the future perfect tense? More...
Article of the Day

The Western Wall

The Western Wall, or Kotel, is a retaining wall from the time of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is the last standing remnant of the Beit HaMikdash, the holy temple of the Jews that was destroyed by the Romans around 70 CE. The "Wailing Wall" continues to have a powerful hold on the devotion of Jews all over the world. Over the years, millions have come as tourists and pilgrims to pray at the wall and touch its stones. What do the faithful often place in its cracks? More...
This Day in History

Edict of Worms Declares Martin Luther an Outlaw and Heretic (1521)

The Diet of Worms was an assembly opened by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to deal with the question of Martin Luther's recalcitrant behavior. Luther was asked to retract his teachings condemned by the pope, but he refused. Various theologians argued with him for a week, but he would not change his position. On May 25, Luther was formally declared an outlaw in the Edict of Worms, and the lines of the Reformation were thereby hardened. Who hid Luther to protect him from the edict's enforcers? More...
Today's Birthday

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

Emerson was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman for transcendentalism. He developed his own philosophy combining German idealism, Neo-Platonism, and Asian mysticism, and dominated the American lecture circuit of the 1830s with his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essays "The Over-Soul" and "Self-Reliance." Although he published many volumes of essays and poetry, his lectures provided most of his income. What famous philosopher was Emerson's godson? More...
Quotation of the Day
Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

talk to the hand

A rude interjection meant to interrupt and dismiss what another person is saying. (Sometimes written or spoken in longer forms, such as, "talk to the hand, because the face isn't listening," or the like.) More...
Today's Holiday

African Liberation Day (2022)

This day can be traced back to April 15, 1958, when the Conference of Independent African States was held in Accra, Ghana. On May 25, 1963, 31 independent African countries met to form the Organisation of African Unity, changing the name and the date of what is now African Liberation Day. In 1999, the group reorganized into the African Union. Today, observances include marches, parades, rallies, and conferences, focusing on celebrating freedom from colonialism, educating people about the progress of the African liberation movement, and speaking out against oppression. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hatred

enmity - "Hatred, ill will," the feelings of an enemy. More...

heartburn - Has an old meaning of "jealousy" or "hatred." More...

odium - Another word for hatred. More...

misoneism - People with a hatred of change or new things experience misoneism. More...

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