Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 2, 2016)
Word of the Day

valance

Definition:(noun) An ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy.
Synonyms:cornice, pelmet, valance board
Usage: Large valances of silk, embroidered with flowers of gay colors, which were rather faded, fell from the wide windows.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Tense (Approximation)

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language. There are really only aspects of the future tense. What does that mean? More...
Article of the Day

The Hoff

David Hasselhoff is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. Though “The Hoff” spent a six-year stint on The Young and the Restless, he is best known for his roles in Knight Rider and Baywatch. During the late 1980s, he enjoyed significant musical success, particularly in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. In 1994, Hasselhoff was scheduled to perform a pay-per-view concert that would hopefully reignite his US musical career. What major news event diverted his viewers? More...
This Day in History

The Second Ibrox Disaster (1971)

On several occasions in the 1960s, spectators at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland, were killed or injured while trying to exit through the stairway closest to the nearby subway station, raising questions about safety. Tragically, 66 people were crushed to death in the staircase in early 1971. The crush is believed to have been triggered when, after a late goal by the home team, thousands of fans attempted to leave at the same time—and someone fell. What claimed 25 lives at Ibrox in 1902? More...
Today's Birthday

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873)

Born into a devout Catholic family, Thérèse entered the convent at Lisieux at age 15. Plagued by depression and guilt, she was prompted by her prioress to write an account of her spiritual development. It describes her "Little Way," an absolute, childlike surrender to God. After her death at 24, the book was published as Story of a Soul, and her grave became a pilgrimage site. Though its national church does not recognize her as such, Catholics consider her a patron saint of what country? More...
Quotation of the Day
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

live on a shoestring

To live within a very tight or limited financial budget. More...
Today's Holiday

Cape Town Minstrels' Carnival (2018)

The Annual Minstrels' Carnival in Cape Town, South Africa, was inspired by the animated singing and dancing of African-American musicians and singers of the United States. Bands are organized during the year, money is raised to purchase the materials needed for their costumes, and on Second New Year (January 2), and the week or so that follows, the bands take over the city, displaying their costumes and performing their music in the streets. This roisterous carnival is offset by string bands, the members of which are decorously dressed and parade with great dignity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: rush

exigent - A good word to write on letters or packages, since everyone else writes "urgent" or "rush." More...

rush candle, rush light - A rush candle or rush light is a candle of feeble power made by dipping the pith of a rush in tallow or other grease. More...

spate - A sudden flood or rush, an outpouring. More...

debacle - Comes from French debacler, "to unbar, free," with the root sense being "to shatter with one's rod"; its original meaning was "a breaking-up of ice in a river" or a "sudden flood or rush of water carrying debris." More...

In the News

Home Birth with Midwife No Riskier than Hospital Birth for Low-Risk Women: Study

For women with low-risk pregnancies, babies delivered at home with a midwife are at no greater risk of harm than those born in a hospital with a midwife's assistance, an Ontario study has found. The three-year study of almost 23,000 pregnancies found the ... More...
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