Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, April 10, 2021)
Word of the Day

siriasis

Definition:(noun) Sudden prostration due to exposure to the sun or excessive heat.
Synonyms:insolation, sunstroke, thermic fever
Usage: We were stranded in the desert, and it was not long before members of our party began exhibiting signs of siriasis.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Like the future perfect tense, we use the future perfect continuous tense (also known as the "future perfect progressive tense") to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. It can also be used in this way to indicate what? More...
Article of the Day

Batik

Practiced for centuries by the natives of Indonesia, batik is a fabric dyeing method that involves applying a design to a cloth's surface with melted wax, dying the material, and then removing the wax to reveal the pattern. Remains of clothing found in Java indicate that the same or similar patterns have been in use for about 1,000 years and are handed down in families. Certain designs were traditionally reserved for royalty. How has the process been industrialized in modern times? More...
This Day in History

Belfast Agreement Signed (1998)

The Belfast Agreement, also known as the Good Friday Agreement, was a major step in the Northern Ireland (NI) peace process. Signed by the British and Irish governments and endorsed by most of NI's political parties, it secured the commitment of all parties to "exclusively democratic and peaceful means of resolving differences on political issues" and provided for extensive Home Rule in the province. How did vague wording in some of the agreement's provisions help ensure its acceptance? More...
Today's Birthday

Max von Sydow (1929)

Max von Sydow is an internationally acclaimed Swedish actor who is known in particular for a number of film collaborations with his mentor, director Ingmar Bergman, including his iconic chess match with Death in The Seventh Seal. Von Sydow honed his acting skills on both stage and screen in Scandinavia before starring in many Hollywood films, such as The Exorcist. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award but has yet to win one. What are some of his most recent film roles? More...
Quotation of the Day
One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

spring fever

A feeling of often restless excitement or exuberance coinciding with the onset of warmer spring weather. More...
Today's Holiday

Salvation Army Founder's Day (2022)

April 10 is the day on which William Booth (1829-1912), founder of the international religious and charitable movement known as The Salvation Army, was born in Nottingham, England. With the help of his wife, Catherine, he established the East London Revival Society, which soon became known as the Christian Mission and later The Salvation Army. Although Booth's birthday is observed to varying degrees at Salvation Army outposts around the world, a major celebration was held on the organization's centennial in 1965. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tax

excise - As in tax, it is from Middle Dutch excijs, from Latin accensum, "to tax." More...

tax - From Latin taxare, "censure, charge, or compute." More...

toll - Traces back to Greek telos, "tax." More...

disposable income, surplus income - Disposable income or surplus income is what you have left after taxes and other government obligations—i.e. what you have left to live on. More...

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