Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, November 2, 2017)
Word of the Day

regurgitate

Definition:(verb) Repeat after memorization.
Synonyms:reproduce
Usage: In order to score well on the exam, you must be able to regurgitate the information.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining the Present Continuous Tense

We create the present continuous tense by using the present participle ("-ing" form) of the verb after the present-tense form of the auxiliary verb "be." We use the present continuous (also called the "present progressive") tense to speak about actions that are currently happening, whether generally or at the exact moment of speech. What else can it be used to describe? More...
Article of the Day

The Kalash

Approximately 3,000 members of the Kalash people currently inhabit the isolated mountain valleys of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. The Kalash belief system differs drastically from those of surrounding ethnic groups and is said to be the last untouched representative of Indo-European mythology. Genetic testing has indicated that the Kalash are a distinct and perhaps aboriginal population. What is unique about their language? More...
This Day in History

First and Only Flight of the "Spruce Goose" (1947)

A few years before going into complete seclusion, millionaire aviator and airplane manufacturer Howard Hughes built and piloted the only flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules, the largest flying boat—indeed the largest airplane—in history. He designed the seaplane as a troop and materiel transport for the US War Department and manufactured it almost entirely from wood because of wartime restrictions on the use of aluminum. Though nicknamed the "Spruce Goose," it was actually primarily made of what? More...
Today's Birthday

Daniel Boone (1734)

Boone was a legendary American frontiersman who blazed a permanent trail across the Appalachian Mountains in 1775. Known as "Wilderness Road," it became a major route for westward migration in the US. Boone also established Boonesboro, Kentucky, and was captured by Shawnee Indians while trying to defend it. He escaped after five months but moved to the Missouri Territory after losing his land claims in Kentucky. He gained international fame after what British poet mentioned him in an epic? More...
Quotation of the Day
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Idiom of the Day

salad years

A carefree time of youthful innocence, ingenuousness, and inexperience. A variant of the more common "salad days," which itself is taken from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. More...
Today's Holiday

Balfour Declaration Day (2018)

On November 2, 1917, Arthur J. Balfour, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, sent a letter to Lord Rothschild indicating that the British government was in favor of establishing a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Although this may not seem to be as significant an event as Israel Independence Day, the Jewish people felt that the British government's commitment to their cause was very important. The day on which it was made has been kept as a semi-holiday ever since. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: try

beseech - First meant "search for, try to obtain." More...

emulate - Means "try to equal or surpass, especially by copying." More...

experience, experiment, expert - Experience, experiment and expert derive from Latin experiri, "try." More...

quorum - First the genitive plural of Latin qui, "who," it originally referred to the "number of justices who need be present to try a case." More...

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