Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, July 7, 2019)
Word of the Day

capsize

Definition:(verb) Overturn accidentally.
Synonyms:turn turtle
Usage: Do not rock the boat or it will capsize!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Tense

Grammatical tense refers to the conjugation of a verb to reflect its place in time—that is, when the action occurred. There are technically only two grammatical tenses in English. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Stone of Scone

The Stone of Scone is an oblong block of red sandstone upon which the kings of Scotland were once crowned. According to tradition, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow when he dreamt of a ladder to heaven and was the coronation stone of early kings of Ireland. It was taken to Scotland and housed in Scone Abbey near Perth until Edward I of England took it to London’s Westminster Abbey in 1296 and had it fitted into the Coronation Chair. In what year was the Stone of Scone returned to Scotland? More...
This Day in History

Quasi-War between the US and France Unofficially Begins (1798)

France was a major US ally during the American Revolutionary War, but relations between the two countries soured in the wake of the French Revolution and the Jay Treaty between the US and Britain. The US refused to pay debts to the new French Republic, while the Jay Treaty granted the US trading privileges with Britain. The French Navy began seizing American trading ships, and the Quasi-War, also known as the Pirate Wars, resulted, lasting from 1798 to 1800. What ended the undeclared war? More...
Today's Birthday

Joseph Siffert (1936)

Siffert was a Swiss driver who began his career racing motorcycles but switched to Formula One in 1962. He won the 1968 British Grand Prix but was killed on the same track three years later. After suffering suspension damage, Siffert's car crashed and burst into flames so intense that rescue crews were unable to reach him. It was later determined that the injuries he sustained in the crash were not fatal—he died of smoke inhalation. What safety measures were implemented after the accident? More...
Quotation of the Day
The most practical and important thing about a man is still his view of the universe...We think that for a general about to fight an enemy, it is important to know the enemy's numbers, but still more important to know the enemy's philosophy.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)

Idiom of the Day

long memory

A clear memory of events that happened long ago. More...
Today's Holiday

Saba Saba Day (2021)

July 7 marks the day when the ruling party of Tanzania, known as TANU (Tanganyika African National Union), was formed in 1954. The TANU Creed is based on the principles of socialism as set forth in the TANU Constitution. Also known as Saba Saba Peasants' Day or Industrial Day, it is officially celebrated in a different region of the country each year with traditional dances, sports, processions, rallies, and fairs. Tanzania, perhaps best known as the home of Mount Kilimanjaro, was formed in 1964 when Tanganyika merged with Zanzibar. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: losing

idiot strings - Refers to the strings that attach mittens to prevent a child from losing one. More...

in hock - Can be traced to the card game faro, in which the last card in the box was called the hocketty card; when a player bet on a card that ended up in hock, he was at a disadvantage and was himself in hock and at risk of losing his bets. More...

jeopardy - Comes from French ieu parti, "(evenly) divided game" (from Latin jocus partitus, "divided game"), referring originally to chess, in which the chances of winning and losing are balanced. More...

pain - Originally meant punishment for a crime or offense—sometimes by losing one's head. More...

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