Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, June 22, 2020)
Word of the Day

antedate

Definition:(verb) Be earlier in time; go back further.
Synonyms:antecede, forego, precede, predate
Usage: No man can antedate his experience, or guess what faculty or feeling a new object shall unlock.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect Continuous for Interrupted Actions

The most common use of the past perfect continuous tense is to describe an action that was in progress in the past before another past action or event occurred. Can you identify the past perfect continuous in the following sentence? "I had been teaching English in Tokyo when the earthquake hit." More...
Article of the Day

Ushabtis

Ushabtis are figurines that were buried in ancient Egyptian tombs to serve as stand-ins for the deceased in the event that he or she was called upon to perform manual labor in the afterlife. Some tombs hosted hundreds of the small statuettes, which were often mass produced and generally made from materials like wood, stone, or clay. The figures were crafted carrying the tools they would need to complete their work and bear inscriptions, often taken from what ancient collection of funerary texts? More...
This Day in History

Kodak Announces Discontinuation of Kodachrome Film (2009)

Manufactured by Kodak from 1935 to 2009, Kodachrome was the first commercially successful color film and was used to capture some of the most iconic images of the late 20th century. The film was known for its stability—if stored properly, it could be developed decades after being exposed and would retain its color and density for decades. Yet, advances in digital photography and the development of competing films considerably reduced demand. What famous images were recorded on Kodachrome? More...
Today's Birthday

John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (1903)

Raised in Indiana by a widowed father, Dillinger served a prison term for attempted robbery, then organized a gang and terrorized the Midwest in 1933. He became one of the most notorious criminals in the US. The infamous bank robber escaped jail twice, was involved in 16 killings, and was declared "public enemy number one" before being killed on a Chicago street by FBI agents at the age of 31. He was so well-known that at the scene of his death, bystanders collected what macabre souvenirs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

take the high road

To choose the most noble, ethical, or diplomatic course or method, especially after or in the face of negativity or ill treatment. More...
Today's Holiday

Wimbledon (2020)

The oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, the Championships at Wimbledon are held for 13 days each summer on the manicured courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The first competition in 1877 featured only the men's singles event. Today the world's best tennis players compete for both singles and doubles titles that are the most coveted in tennis. The event is watched on television by tennis fans all over the world. Members of the English Royal Family often watch the finals from the Royal Box. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: movie

art movie - A movie intended to be an artistic work rather than a commercial movie of mass appeal. More...

longueurs - Boring periods of time or parts of a book, play, music, or movie are longueurs. More...

horse opera - A slang term for a western (movie). More...

vamp - Theda Bara's performance in the movie The Vampire brought us this word, meaning "seductive woman." More...

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