Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, November 12, 2016)
Word of the Day

inveterate

Definition:(adjective) Persisting in an ingrained habit.
Synonyms:chronic, confirmed, habitual
Usage: He was an inveterate gambler, though a poor loser.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Imperative Sentences

We use imperative sentences to give orders, commands, and general instructions. Such sentences are said to be in what mood? More...
Article of the Day

Avicenna

A polymath born in Persia around 980 CE, Avicenna was, among other things, an astronomer, chemist, mathematician, poet, and the foremost physician and philosopher of his time. The Canon of Medicine, one of his most famous works, remained a standard medical text at many Islamic and European universities until the 18th century. Called the "doctor of doctors," Avicenna is regarded as the father of modern medicine. How old was Avicenna when he began studying medicine? More...
This Day in History

Ramzi Yousef Found Guilty of Masterminding 1993 World Trade Center Bombing (1997)

In 1993, terrorists detonated a car-bomb in an underground garage of the World Trade Center complex in New York City, killing six, injuring more than a thousand, and causing more than $300 million in damage. In all, ten militant Islamist conspirators were convicted of involvement in the bombing, including Yousef, who also bombed an important Shia shrine in Iran in 1994 and later planned a large-scale terrorist scheme that included killing the pope. What alleged 9-11 mastermind is Yousef's uncle? More...
Today's Birthday

Grace Kelly (1929)

Kelly was an American actress who gained critical and popular praise for her performances in High Noon and The Country Girl, for which she won an Academy Award. She also starred in three Alfred Hitchcock films but cut short her promising acting career in 1956 when she married Prince Rainier III, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco and retiring from acting. In 1982, she died in an accident after suffering a stroke while driving on a mountain road. How did she and Prince Rainier meet? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over nature.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

fork over the dough

To pay, generally unwillingly, a certain amount of money. More...
Today's Holiday

Birthday of Sun Yat-sen (2019)

Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang). He served as the first provisional president of the Republic of China (1911-12) and later as its de facto ruler (1923-25). Because he possessed an exceptionally broad knowledge of the West and developed a grand plan for China's industrialization, he is known as "the father of modern China." Sun Yat-sen's birthday is a holiday in Taiwan. The anniversary of his death, March 12, is observed as Arbor Day in Taiwan. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: silk

floss - A word for untwisted filaments of silk used in making embroidery or satin. More...

lame - A material consisting of silk or other yarns interwoven with metallic threads. More...

scroop - The rustle of silk. More...

tabby - The common tabby cat derives its name from silk with a wavy pattern, from Arabic utabi, the name of the quarter in Baghdad where the silk was made. More...

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