Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 30, 2017)
Word of the Day

sacrilege

Definition:(noun) Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something sacred.
Synonyms:blasphemy, desecration, profanation
Usage: I entreat you, if you be a Christian gentleman, not to kill me, which will be committing grave sacrilege, for I am a licentiate and I hold first orders.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Causative Verbs and Tense

Causative verbs are followed by a noun or pronoun and a non-causative verb in either the infinitive or base form. Because the non-causative verb is always in the infinitive form, the tense of the sentence depends on the conjugation of the causative verb. Causative verbs can be used in what tenses? More...
Article of the Day

Porcupines

Among the largest rodents in the world, porcupines are found in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas and are known for their coats of sharp quills that defend them from predators. Though porcupines' quills take various forms depending on the species, all are modified hairs coated with thick plates of a tough structural protein called keratin that makes them needle-sharp. Contrary to popular belief, porcupines are not capable of shooting their quills. How, then, do they defend themselves? More...
This Day in History

The Granada Massacre (1066)

When Rabbi Samuel ha-Nagid died around the year 1055, his son Joseph succeeded him as leader of the Jewish community of Granada and vizier to the Berber king. At the time, figures in the Muslim community were unhappy with what they believed to be inordinate Jewish political power. Joseph, who was said to be arrogant and ostentatious, in contrast with his father, was eventually assassinated by a Muslim mob in a siege that also claimed 4,000 Jews of Granada. How was Joseph killed? More...
Today's Birthday

Simon Forman (1552)

Forman was arguably the most popular occultist, astrologer, and herbalist in Elizabethan London, despite not possessing a medical degree. He kept detailed records of his unorthodox practice, and his diaries have yielded a wealth of historical information—including contemporary accounts of Shakespeare's plays. He was posthumously implicated in a murder plot that tarnished his reputation and has been characterized as either evil or a quack. What 1611 event is he said to have accurately predicted? More...
Quotation of the Day
Best to live lightly, unthinkingly.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

Idiom of the Day

scare the (living) daylights out of (someone)

To shock or frighten someone very suddenly and/or severely. More...
Today's Holiday

Rizal Day (2017)

A national holiday in the Philippines, Rizal Day commemorates the execution of the national hero Dr. José Rizal on this day in 1896. Flags fly at half-staff throughout the country, and special rites are led by the president at the 500-foot Rizal Monument in Manila. Writing from Europe and denouncing the corrupt ruling of the Philippines by Spanish friars, Rizal became known as a leader of the Philippine reform movement. He had no direct role in the nationalist insurrection; nevertheless, he was arrested, tried for sedition, and executed by a firing squad. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reveal

French-cut - Underwear cut high on the sides to reveal the upper thigh. More...

reveal - Based on Latin re-, "again," and velum, "veil," meaning "lifting of a veil." More...

disbosom - To reveal or confess. More...

patefy - To reveal or disclose. More...

In the News

Mars' Thirsty Rocks Doomed Red Planet to Dryness

Mars' destiny as a cold, dry world may have been etched in stone at the planet's birth. Much of the water that flowed and sloshed on the Martian surface billions of years ago was sponged up by thirsty rocks and then buried deep underground, in the Red Planet's ... More...
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