Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

oracular

Definition:(adjective) Resembling an oracle in obscurity of thought.
Synonyms:enigmatic
Usage: As the teacher read aloud, enchanted by the oracular sayings of Victorian poets, the class became progressively more confused.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

We use the future perfect continuous tense to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. How is the future perfect continuous tense most commonly formed? More...
Article of the Day

Durian

Widely revered in its native Southeast Asia as the "King of Fruits," the durian is distinctive for its large size, thorny husk, and unique odor. Although durians contain an edible, custard-like pulp and have seed coverings that taste like a combination of banana, caramel, and vanilla, their unusual smell is very strong and penetrating. The odor has prompted many people to search for an accurate description, with widely divergent results. To what odors has the durian's smell been compared? More...
This Day in History

US President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)

Proposed by President John F. Kennedy and strengthened and passed under President Johnson, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely considered the most important US law on civil rights since Reconstruction. A comprehensive law intended to end discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, it guarantees equal voting rights and prohibits segregation or discrimination in public places, among other provisions. How long did some senators filibuster to delay the bill's passage? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Cranmer (1489)

Cranmer became the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury after he helped Henry VIII in his negotiations with the pope over divorcing Catherine of Aragon. He annulled Henry's marriage to Catherine, supported his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and later helped him divorce her. After Henry's death in 1547, Cranmer became adviser to Edward VI. When the anti-Protestant Mary I became queen, Cranmer was tried, convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. Why did he place his hand into the fire first? More...
Quotation of the Day
Silence gives the proper grace to women.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

blind date

A date among two people who have not previously met. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of American Folklife (2019)

Since 1967, the Festival of American Folklife has been held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the richness and diversity of American and world cultures, emphasizing folk, tribal, ethnic, and regional traditions in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent festival programs have included musicians from the former Soviet Union, demonstrations of African-American coil basketry and Italian-American stone-carving, and the performance of a Japanese rice-planting ritual. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prosperity

land of milk and honey - In the Bible, a land of prosperity and plenty promised by God to the Israelites. More...

pumpkin time - The end of prosperity and a return to normal. More...

thrift - First meant "acquired wealth, prosperity, success." More...

welfare - Originally the phrase wel fare—first meaning "happiness" or "prosperity." More...

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