Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, August 7, 2022)
Word of the Day

cloudburst

Definition:(noun) A heavy rain.
Synonyms:pelter, soaker, torrent, waterspout, deluge, downpour
Usage: We enjoyed the lovely recliners on the ship's deck until a sudden cloudburst sent us running for our cabins.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions of Direction or Movement

A preposition of direction or movement describes how, where, or in what way something moves. "To," "from," and "over" are all prepositions of direction or movement. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Hemophilia

Hemophilia is a sex-linked genetic disease in which the body's ability to control bleeding is impaired due to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood. The two most common forms of the disease are caused by a genetic defect present on the X chromosome. Because females have two X chromosomes, whereas males have only one, females are more commonly carriers of the recessive disease while males tend to be the hemophiliacs. Why is hemophilia also called "the royal disease"? More...
This Day in History

Thor Heyerdahl Lands in Polynesia (1947)

Heyerdahl was a Norwegian adventurer with a passion for cultural anthropology. After a trip to Polynesia convinced him that Polynesian culture bore traces of South American cultures, he built a raft—the Kon-Tiki—and sailed it from South America to Polynesia to demonstrate the possibility of such contact. While his book about the voyage was an international bestseller, anthropologists have largely dismissed his theories. Why did he deliberately burn his ship during a 1978 expedition? More...
Today's Birthday

Mata Hari (1876)

Born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle, this Dutch courtesan, dancer, and alleged spy went by the stage name Mata Hari. During World War I, she had intimate relationships with high-ranking Allied military officers and government officials. Though details are unclear, she apparently spied for Germany from 1916. In January 1917, French intelligence intercepted German messages about a spy they identified as Mata Hari, and she was executed by the French on espionage charges. What happened to her corpse? More...
Quotation of the Day
It takes a long time to turn a big country around. Just be of good cheer and keep working on it.

Bill Clinton (1946-)

Idiom of the Day

without letup

Without slowing down or stopping. More...
Today's Holiday

Colombia Battle of Boyacá Day (2022)

Colombia, known as New Granada in the early part of the 19th century, was then ruled by Spain. Simón Bolívar, the leader of the independence movement in South America, began a military campaign to liberate Colombia in 1817. He achieved a major victory at the Battle of Boyacá on August 7, 1819, when he surprised the Spanish forces crossing a bridge and routed them. Colombians celebrate this national holiday with parades and festivals throughout the country. Ceremonies take place at the cemeteries where the fallen soldiers of the battle are buried. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: strive

compete - Comes from Latin competere, "come together," but in later Latin, it developed the sense "strive together," which was the basis for the English term. More...

repugn, repugnant - Repugn means "to strive against" or "be contradictory or inconsistent," giving us repugnant. More...

strive - Seems to be from Old French estriver, "quarrel, strive." More...

win - Its Germanic base gave it its first meaning, "to labor, strive, work." More...

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