Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, September 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

masjid

Definition:(noun) A Muslim place of worship.
Synonyms:mosque
Usage: Though her friends prayed there often, this was her first visit to the masjid.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect

We use the future perfect tense to say that something will finish or be completed at a specific point in the future. We also often include durations of time to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. Can you identify the future perfect in the following sentence? "This June, I will have lived in New York for four years." More...
Article of the Day

Solar Wind

A solar wind is a stream of ionized hydrogen, helium, and other heavy ions that radiates outward from the sun and reaches velocities of about 1 million mph (1.6 million km/h) during “quiet” periods. It pushes the gas of comets' tails away from the Sun, and its “gusts” cause geomagnetic disturbances and auroras on Earth. It is believed that the solar wind has stripped away up to 1/3 of Mars' original atmosphere. What protects the Earth's atmosphere? More...
This Day in History

Pope Urban VII Dies Just 13 Days into Papacy (1590)

Urban VII was chosen to succeed Sixtus V as pope on September 15, 1590. His death from malaria 13 days later made his the shortest papal reign in history. His very short time as pope nevertheless gave rise to the world's first known public smoking ban when he threatened to excommunicate anyone who "took tobacco in the porchway of or inside a church, whether it be by chewing it, smoking it with a pipe, or sniffing it in powdered form through the nose." Who succeeded him? More...
Today's Birthday

Grazia Deledda (1871)

Influenced by the verismo—"realism"—school, Nobel Prize-winning Italian novelist Grazia Deledda wrote her first stories while just a teen and was still having her works published after her death. Her work is lyric and in part naturalistic and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. In her approximately 40 novels, the ancient ways of her native Sardinia often come into conflict with modern mores. What are her most famous works? More...
Quotation of the Day
A masterpiece is something said once and for all, stated, finished, so that it's there complete in the mind, if only at the back.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

party crasher

One who attends a party without having been invited. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast Day of the French Community (2017)

Each of the autonomous regions of Belgium observes its own feast day. Feast Day of the French Community (La fête de la Communauté française de Belgique) is a celebration of linguistic heritage and national independence. It largely takes place in the Walloon cities of Namur, Liege, Huy, and Charleroi, and is a public assertion of the linguistic and ethnic rights of French speakers. All schools and administrative buildings are closed for the feast day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: nails

hyponychial dirt - After an archaeology dig, you will have hyponychial dirt (under the nails). More...

gadzooks - An abridgment of God's hooks, "nails of the cross." More...

quick - Any tender or sensitive flesh, as under the nails, around a sore or wound, or under a hoof. More...

exungulate - To trim one's nails. More...

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