Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

retrograde

Definition:(adjective) Tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating.
Synonyms:deteriorating, backward, regressive, retrogressive
Usage: It would be a retrograde step to revert to the old system.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Major and Minor Sentences (Regular and Irregular Sentences)

A major sentence is any complete sentence that contains an independent clause. Minor sentences do not have both a subject and a complete predicate. What are word sentences? More...
Article of the Day

Catharism

The Cathars were members of a Christian sect that flourished in France in the 12th and 13th centuries. Because most adherents believed in reincarnation—as opposed to resurrection—as a way of reaching the pure spirit realm, the Roman Catholic Church regarded the sect as heretical and launched the Albigensian Crusade to crush the movement. In one account of a massacre of some 20,000 Cathars, one of the crusade's commanders is asked how to tell Cathars from Catholics. What was his famous reply? More...
This Day in History

WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed for Aiding Allied Soldiers (1915)

An English nurse, Cavell was working to improve the nursing standards at a Brussels hospital when World War I broke out. After Germany occupied Belgium, she became involved with an underground group that helped about 200 Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands. In 1915, she was arrested by the German occupation authorities and court-martialed. Despite diplomatic pressure on Germany, she was executed and became a celebrated martyr of the Allies. What reportedly went wrong at the execution? More...
Today's Birthday

Luciano Pavarotti (1935)

Originally a schoolteacher, Pavarotti only began his vocal training in his 20s but nevertheless became one of the most successful tenors of all time. He made his professional debut in 1961 and then debuted at La Scala in 1965 and the Metropolitan Opera in 1968. A popular favorite, Pavarotti was noted for the rich and ringing clarity of his voice as well as for his immense personal charm. At the peak of his career, his concerts drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Where did he last perform? More...
Quotation of the Day
It seems to me a hard case to make slaves of those whom God and nature have made free.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

Idiom of the Day

not get a wink of sleep

To not get any sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar (2018)

According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. James the Apostle when he was in Saragossa (Zaragoza), Spain. She spoke to him from the top of a pillar, which he interpreted as a sign that he should build a chapel where the column stood. The Feast of the Virgin of the Pillar is observed with special masses and processions, such as the Gigantes—giant cardboard and canvas figures representing Spanish kings and queens or famous literary and historical figures—and the cabezudos, or "big heads"—grotesque puppets with huge heads. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: integrity

integrity - Data's consistency and freedom from corruption. More...

moral turpitude - Evil character or lack of integrity. More...

probity - Integrity, uprightness of character. More...

prove - From Latin probare, meaning "to test," it is literally to "make (something) honest." More...

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