Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 21, 2017)
Word of the Day

charwoman

Definition:(noun) A woman hired to do cleaning or similar work, usually in a large building.
Synonyms:cleaning lady
Usage: The charwoman cleaned every bathroom in the office building after the executives left for the evening.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Infinitive Mood and the Emphatic Mood

There are two sub-categories that are sometimes described as moods in different grammar guides: the "infinitive mood" and the "emphatic mood." The "infinitive mood" merely refers to a verb being put into its infinitive form—that is, the base form with the particle "to." What is the "emphatic mood"? More...
Article of the Day

Shiva

The Hindu god Shiva is the subject of an elaborate and sometimes contradictory mythology. He is seen as both destroyer and restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. The trident he is often depicted holding represents his three aspects as creator, preserver, and destroyer, while the snakes his is garlanded with show his power over deadly animals. Shiva is one of three gods that make up the Trimurti. Who are the other two? More...
This Day in History

Alcatraz Closes (1963)

Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California's San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country's most dangerous criminals from 1934 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid-1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison. During its 29 years of operation, 34 prisoners attempted escapes, but only three may have succeeded. Who were they? More...
Today's Birthday

Gary Oldman (1958)

Oldman is an English actor known for playing eccentric characters and for his ability to master accents. He first appeared on screen in the 1982 film Remembrance and has since played a variety of characters including Dracula, Beethoven, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. In 1997, he wrote, directed, and produced Nil By Mouth, an award-winning film reportedly based on his life. Recently, he has received acclaim for his portrayal of which character in the Harry Potter film series? More...
Quotation of the Day
I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

salt in the/(one's) wound(s)

An aggravation that makes something unpleasant, difficult, or painful even worse. More...
Today's Holiday

Shunbun-no-Hi (2022)

In Japan, where the Vernal Equinox is a national holiday, the entire week during which the equinox occurs is called Higan, which means "other shore." The observance of Vernal Equinox Day began during the reign of 7th-century Prince Shotoku. It became a national holiday during the Meiji period. Visiting the family cemetery is popular on this day, and people tend to regard it as a happy event. Although no meat is served during the week, o-hagi, soft rice balls covered with sweetened bean paste, are popular. Shunbun-no-Hi is a day set aside to honor nature and to show respect for growing things. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: spoon

runcible spoon - A three-pronged fork curved like a spoon and used as a serving utensil. More...

cochleare - A spoon or spoonful of a medical prescription. More...

spoon bread - Soft cornbread served with a spoon; it is also called egg bread or butter bread. More...

toe - The outer edge of a spoon. More...

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