Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, June 3, 2017)
Word of the Day

ocular

Definition:(adjective) Seen by the eye.
Synonyms:visual
Usage: The evidence that the house is haunted is of two kinds: the testimony of disinterested witnesses who have had ocular proof, and that of the house itself.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Continuous Tense

Also called the past progressive, the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. Why is it called the past continuous? More...
Article of the Day

Unusual Deaths throughout History

Throughout history, myriad unfortunate individuals have suffered unusual deaths in all manner of bizarre circumstances. In 458 BCE, Greek playwright Aeschylus was allegedly killed when an eagle dropped a tortoise on his head. In 1771, Swedish King Adolf Frederick reportedly "ate himself to death." Distinguished as the only jockey to posthumously win a race, Frank Hayes died astride his horse before being carried over the finish line in 1923. What are some other bizarre deaths? More...
This Day in History

China: Government Sends Troops to Tiananmen Square (1989)

In April 1989, Chinese students gathered in Tiananmen Square to demand democratic reform. The demonstrators were gradually joined by workers, intellectuals, and civil servants, until over a million people filled the square and martial law was declared. The protesters demanded that the leadership resign, and the government answered, on June 3, with troops and tanks, killing thousands to quell a "counterrevolutionary rebellion." What happened in the aftermath of these events? More...
Today's Birthday

Jefferson Davis (1808)

During the American Civil War, Davis, a political and military leader who had previously served in both houses of US Congress and distinguished himself as the commander of a volunteer regiment during the Mexican War, was elected President of the Confederate States of America. A West Point graduate, Davis prided himself on his military skills and closely managed the Confederate army. Following the Confederacy's surrender, he was captured and indicted on charges of treason. What became of him? More...
Quotation of the Day
Too often we...enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

screw (one's) courage to the sticking place

To remain bold, resolute, determined, and courageous, especially in the face of possible danger, difficulty, hardship, or adversity. Taken from a line in Shakespeare's Macbeth: "We fail! But screw your courage to the sticking-place, and we'll not fail." More...
Today's Holiday

Charlottetown Festival (2022)

The Charlottetown Festival is devoted entirely to musicals by Canadians. Held from June through mid-October on Prince Edward Island, the festival presents three full-scale musicals every year. One of these is always Anne of Green Gables, a story about rural life on the island at the turn of the century, written by island-born novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. The festival also offers plays for children, Sunday evening pop concerts, and a series of short plays and musical events. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: violin

chanterelle - A violin string. More...

pizzicato - Plucking of a violin. More...

f-hole - The s-shaped opening in a violin. More...

violin, fiddle - Violin is from Latin vitula, "stringed instrument"—from Vitula, a Roman goddess of joy and victory; her name also gave us fiddle. More...

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