Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 1, 2016)
Word of the Day

miscreant

Definition:(noun) A person without moral scruples.
Synonyms:reprobate
Usage: And here, gentlemen, the foul play of these miscreants must come out.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Present Continuous Tense (Progressive)

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle (-ing form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "be." What is the most common occurrence of the present continuous tense? More...
Article of the Day

Water Witching

Dowsing, also known as divining or water witching, is the practice of ascertaining the presence of underground water or minerals using a forked twig or a pendulum. Dowsing has existed in various forms for thousands of years, and while it may have originally been rooted in divination of the will of the gods, the practice was later associated with Satan. Many skeptics believe that dowsing successes result mostly from chance. What did the 1987 Munich study of more than 500 dowsers conclude? More...
This Day in History

Times Square Ball Drops for the First Time (1908)

In 1904, The New York Times moved its headquarters to what is now known as Times Square. That December, it held a New Year's Eve celebration that proved to be quite popular. A few years later, the newspaper created an illuminated time ball—then a well-known dockside device by which sailors set their ships' clocks—that would fall at midnight. The annual ball-drop outlived both the newspaper's address on the square and the use of time balls in general. What was Times Square's original name? More...
Today's Birthday

Jerome David "J. D." Salinger (1919)

Salinger published his first and only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, in 1951. An immediate success, it generated a cult-like dedication among readers. Though he also released a handful of short story collections, Salinger ceased publishing after 1963 and spent the rest of his life as a recluse in Cornish, New Hampshire. After his death in 2010, rumors swirled that he had left behind a number of finished works. According to one of Salinger's neighbors, how many novels did he complete? More...
Quotation of the Day
I am sure that if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

Idiom of the Day

a living legend

A person who has an extraordinary reputation or level of fame while he or she is still alive. More...
Today's Holiday

Cuba Liberation Day (2018)

This national public holiday commemorates the overthrow of the military government of Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973) led by Fidel Castro (b. 1926) that succeeded on January 1, 1959. July 26 is National Day, another public holiday marking the beginning of the revolution Castro led in 1953. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: torture

ordeal - From Old English ordel, "judgment," figuratively, an experience testing endurance, patience, courage, etc.—also a test of guilt or innocence that was one of severe pain or torture. More...

torment - Comes from a Latin word, tormentum, for an instrument of torture. More...

tortuous, torturous - Tortuous is "winding, crooked, full of twists and turns," and torturous, based on "torture," is "painful, characterized by suffering." More...

travel - From Latin trepaliare, "torture," it evolved into "journey" from the allusion to the inevitable trouble of medieval travel. More...

In the News

Nicolas Cage Returns Stolen Dinosaur Skull (This Should Be His Next Movie)

Nicolas Cage has returned a stolen dinosaur skull, and no, this is not the plot of National Treasure 3. According to Reuters, the star bought a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull for $276K from a gallery, which is being returned to Mongolia. Cage agreed to ... More...
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