Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

inhale

Definition:(verb) Draw in (air).
Synonyms:breathe in, inspire
Usage: Every morning they go out to the yard, close their eyes, inhale the fresh mountain air, and meditate for an hour.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conditional Verbs and Tenses

Conditional verbs can be in the past, present, or future tense. Which tense they take depends on whether the sentence is referring to a condition or possible result in the past, the present, or the future. Why do conditional sentences often feature a mix of tenses? More...
Article of the Day

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Baudelaire was a 19th-century French poet and critic. The only volume of his poems published in his lifetime, Les Fleurs du mal, translated as The Flowers of Evil, was initially condemned as obscene. Later accepted as a masterpiece, the book is recognized for the brilliant phrasing, rhythm, and expressiveness of its lyrics. Baudelaire also translated many of Poe's works, bringing them to the attention of the French public. What literary movement is he credited with helping develop? More...
This Day in History

Canada Adopts Maple Leaf Flag (1965)

By the 1960s, Canada had been an organized dominion for a century and an equal, autonomous partner of Britain for decades. Consequently, its British-derived flag had become the subject of intense controversy. Following the Great Flag Debate of 1964, Canada's Parliament considered several possible designs before choosing the red-and-white maple leaf flag. In what foreign conflict had the previous flag's design, which incorporated the Union Jack, caused trouble for Canadian peacekeeping forces? More...
Today's Birthday

Irena Sendler (1910)

Working with Polish resistance groups and a network of helpers, Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during WWII by smuggling them out of the Warsaw Ghetto, sometimes hidden in suitcases. After changing the children's names and arranging for their care, she buried records of their identities in jars, hoping to someday reunite them with their parents. Though she was arrested, tortured, and reportedly executed in 1943, she actually survived the war and lived to be 98. How did she survive the Nazis? More...
Quotation of the Day
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

be a loud mouth

To have a tendency or habit of speaking incessantly, indiscreetly, and/or in a noisy, boastful manner. More...
Today's Holiday

Maine Memorial Day (2018)

The American battleship Maine exploded while sitting at anchor in Havana harbor on February 15, 1898. While the question of responsibility for the explosion was never really settled, many in the U.S. assumed that the Spanish were responsible for the ship's destruction. The Spanish-American War was declared in April, and "Remember the Maine!" is the slogan that has been associated with it ever since. February 15 was observed for many years by the U.S. Navy and by Spanish-American War veterans' associations in Havana and the U.S. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tray

salver - A tray or dish on which a drink, letter, calling card, etc. is offered. More...

tray - The drawer for storing a body at a mortuary. More...

trencher - A platter or tray for serving food. More...

plateau - Can refer to an ornamented dish or tray for serving food. More...

In the News

More Than 800 Million Viruses Fall Through The Skies Every Day In A Single Square Meter

The sky is absolutely riddled with viruses swept up from the surface of the planet. For the first time, researchers have measured the number of viruses swarming around the atmosphere—and how many are falling back down to Earth. The team found billions ... More...
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