Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, February 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

rabid

Definition:(adjective) Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.
Synonyms:fanatical, overzealous
Usage: A rabid football fan, Jimmy paints his face with his team's colors before every game, even if he is just going to be watching it on TV.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Forming the Past Perfect Continuous

To form the past perfect continuous, we use "had been" + the present participle of the main verb. It is nearly identical in structure to the present perfect continuous tense, except for what? More...
Article of the Day

Chang and Eng Bunker

The term "Siamese twins" originated with conjoined twin brothers Chang and Eng Bunker, who were born in 1811 in Siam, which is now Thailand. After touring with P. T. Barnum's circus for many years, they settled in North Carolina and married two sisters: Chang to Adelaide Yates and Eng to Sarah Anne Yates. The two fathered a total of 22 children and died within hours of each other in 1874. Would the Bunker brothers have been able to be separated using today's surgical techniques? More...
This Day in History

NATO's First Military Action (1994)

Founded in 1949 by the US, Canada, and 10 European countries as a security pact against the Soviet bloc, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization did not actually perform any military operations for its first 45 years in existence. With the fall of the Soviet Union, however, its focus shifted to regional peacekeeping—and thus, in 1994, NATO forces took action in the Bosnian War. After the September 11 attacks, NATO invoked Article 5 of its charter for the first time in history. What is Article 5? More...
Today's Birthday

Michel de Montaigne (1533)

On his 38th birthday, Montaigne retreated to his library in a tower of his family's French château, and there he spent most of the next decade thinking, reading, and writing. The result was Essais, or Attempts, a series of short prose reflections on many subjects that form one of the most captivating and intimate self-portraits ever written. Montaigne's Essais established the essay as a literary form. What personal tragedy may have prompted Montaigne to begin writing? More...
Quotation of the Day
When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

(as) mad as hops

Enraged; extremely or inconsolably angry. More...
Today's Holiday

Ta'anit Esther (Fast of Esther) (2018)

The Fast of Esther commemorates the three days that Queen Esther fasted before petitioning her husband, King Ahasuerus (Xerxes I) of Persia, to spare the Jews of her country from destruction by Haman, the Persian prime minister, in the sixth century BCE. Ordinarily observed on the 13th day of the Jewish month of Adar, this date was originally a minor festival commemorating Judah Maccabee's defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor, known as the "Day of Nicanor." In time it gave way to the present Fast of Esther. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rubbish

bilge - Can mean "nonsense, rubbish." More...

culch - Rubbish or refuse, or meat scraps. More...

flathers - A synonym for rubbish or dirt. More...

quisquilious, quisquiliary, quisquilian - Quisquilious and quisquiliary mean "having the nature of refuse or rubbish," and quisquilian means "consisting of trash or rubbish." More...

In the News

This man's brain tumor was so big that it 'sat like a head on top of another head'

For the past several years, Santlal Pal had been watching a tumor emerge from his skull. Doctors in India say Pal's brain tumor grew so big that it weighed nearly four pounds and measured nearly 8-by-12-by-12 inches, according to local news reports. It ... More...
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