Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

torpid

Definition:(adjective) Lethargic; apathetic.
Synonyms:inert, sluggish
Usage: They are always in a torpid state, and are apt to yawn and go to sleep over any intellectual toil.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Idioms that End with Prepositions

Idioms that end with prepositions are typically phrasal verbs and consist of a verb followed by either a preposition, a particle, or a particle with a preposition. How is this type of prepositional idiom used in a sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Kites

The kite is an aircraft restrained by a towline that derives its lift from the aerodynamic action of the wind flowing across it. The apparatus consists of a stabilizing tail and light framework across which paper or thin material is stretched. It has been popular in China and East Asia for centuries. In the 18th century, Alexander Wilson used kites to obtain meteorological readings, and Benjamin Franklin used them to study lightning. Where is kite fighting a popular activity? More...
This Day in History

Oslo Accords Officially Signed (1993)

The Oslo Accords, providing for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the West Bank and Gaza and for limited Palestinian self-government, resulted from the first direct negotiation between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Though talks were conducted in secret in Oslo, Norway, the agreement was signed publicly in Washington, DC. It was signed in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat, yet neither signed it. Who did? More...
Today's Birthday

Walter Reed (1851)

Reed was an American army doctor, pathologist, and bacteriologist. He began studying the transmission of yellow fever in 1897. Three years later, he was sent to Havana, Cuba, as head of an army commission to investigate an outbreak of the disease among American soldiers. He proved that yellow fever was spread by infected mosquitoes, and, in 1901, efforts to combat an outbreak in Havana succeeded within 90 days. Walter Reed Army Hospital is named in his honor. What medical malady killed Reed? More...
Quotation of the Day
Would not love see returning penitence afar off, and fall on its neck and kiss it?

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

help (oneself) (to something)

To serve oneself (something); to take, consume, or indulge in (something) freely or without permission or restraint. More...
Today's Holiday

Avening Pig Face Day (2020)

A number of explanations have been offered for the custom of eating pig's face sandwiches on the Sunday nearest Holy Cross Day (September 14) in the Cotswold village of Avening, England. One involves Matilda of Flanders (d. 1083), the wife of William the Conqueror. She built a church there that was completed on September 14, and the Queen is said to have held a boar's head dedication feast. Today there is an evening anniversary service, after which the villagers participate in an 11th-century banquet headed by Queen Matilda and other historic characters in period costume. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: luxury

voluptuary - One totally into luxury and sensual pleasure. More...

deluxe - Once two words, it is French for "of luxury." More...

eadness - Happiness derived from luxury and wealth. More...

luxury - Once a word for "lechery, lasciviousness." More...

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