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

Present Simple Tense

The present simple tense (also called the simple present tense) is used when we speak about habits, general facts, and timetables. Why is it called the present "simple"? 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

The Royal Air Force Sinks German Battleship Tirpitz (1944)

The German Tirpitz, sister ship of the similarly ill-fated Bismarck, was the largest battleship ever built in Europe. Though she was sent to waters around German-occupied Norway and never really saw action in World War II, her mere presence threatened Allied convoys and tied up their naval resources. The Allies therefore launched numerous attacks on the Tirpitz in an effort to destroy her. What was the final Allied operation called? More...
Today's Birthday

Jeanne Mance (1606)

Mance was a member of a French association that planned a utopian colony at Montreal. With the support of the French queen, Anne of Austria, she sailed with the first settlers in 1641. Mance, who had cared for victims of the Thirty Years War and the plague while in France, opened Montreal's first hospital, the Hôtel-Dieu, in 1644. In 1650, she visited France and returned with a large donation meant to fund the hospital. Rather than use it for its intended purpose, Mance did what with the money? 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

stack Z's

To get some sleep. More...
Today's Holiday

Annakut Festival (Govardhan Puja) (2018)

This Hindu festival is observed on the day following Dewali in northern India. It celebrates an event in Krishna's life in which he lifted the Govardhan Mountain on his little finger for seven days, to protect the cows and people of Vrindavana against the deluge of rain sent by Indra, god of the heavens and rains. People come to the nearby town of Vrindavan from all over India to visit and worship at Mount Govardhan on this day. Hindus all over the world celebrate this day by preparing hundreds of different food dishes and taking them to temples to offer to the gods. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tricks

snow park - An area of a piste, or ski trail, created for snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. More...

intricate - From Latin in-, "into," and tricae, "tricks, perplexities." More...

monkeyshines - A combination of monkey and shines, "capers, tricks." More...

whist - The game was originally called whisk, from "whisking away" the cards after the tricks had been taken. More...

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