Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, October 3, 2019)
Word of the Day

eyestrain

Definition:(noun) A tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem.
Synonyms:asthenopia
Usage: Extended computer use is a common cause of eyestrain.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Modal Auxiliary Verbs - Will

As a modal auxiliary verb, "will" is particularly versatile, having several different meanings and functions, including to form future tenses. It is also used to express an expected hypothetical outcome in what type of sentence? More...
Article of the Day

Saint George and the Dragon

The patron saint of England, Saint George is regarded as an early Christian martyr and one of the most prominent military saints. His historical existence is uncertain, but from the 6th century onward he was the subject of legends brought back from the East by returning Crusaders. According to tradition, George was a soldier and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian who rescued a Libyan king's daughter from a dragon, which he killed in return for what promise from the king? More...
This Day in History

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy Mauled by Tiger (2003)

After meeting on a cruise ship in 1959, illusionist Siegfried Fischbacher and exotic animal enthusiast Roy Horn formed a magic act and incorporated exotic animals—most famously big cats—into their shows. They performed thousands of times without major incident until 10 years ago—coincidentally Horn's 59th birthday. It was then that Horn was bitten on the neck by a seven-year-old male tiger named Montecore during a performance. What did Horn reportedly say before being taken to the hospital? More...
Today's Birthday

James Alfred Wight, AKA James Herriot (1916)

After working for many years as a veterinary surgeon in rural England, Wight was persuaded by his wife to write down his collection of anecdotes. His humorous, fictionalized reminiscences were published under the pen name James Herriot in If Only They Could Talk (1970) and It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet (1972), issued in the US as the single and massively successful volume All Creatures Great and Small. Why did Wight feel the need to write under a pseudonym? More...
Quotation of the Day
Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

mint money

To earn a very large amount of money, especially by doing something very successfully. More...
Today's Holiday

Leiden Day (2021)

In 1573, the Dutch city of Leiden (or Leyden) was besieged by the Spaniards. Thousands were dying from disease and hunger. Finally, the river dikes were cut so that the Dutch army could sail in over the flooded fields and save the city. According to legend, the first person to emerge from the besieged city on October 3 was a young orphan boy. In the deserted Spanish camp, he discovered a huge pot of stew that was still hot. Known as Hutspot met Klapstuk, the mixture of meat and vegetables is still served on this day, along with bread and herring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tide

billow - The swell on the ocean produced by the wind, or on a river or estuary by the tide or wind. More...

slack water, slack tide - Before any turn of the tide, there is a time of slack water or slack tide. More...

happy as a clam - Originally happy-as-a-clam-at-full-tide; it may refer to the fact that when the tide is full, nobody is digging clams. More...

tidy - Comes from tide, which in Old English meant "time period"; its original meaning was "timely, opportune." More...

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