Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, December 24, 2017)
Word of the Day

portentous

Definition:(adjective) Marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty.
Synonyms:overblown, pompous, grandiloquent, pontifical
Usage: His hands, large and coarse, were plentifully bedecked with rings; and he wore a heavy gold watch-chain, with a bundle of seals of portentous size, and a great variety of colors, attached to it.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Present Indicative vs. the Future Indicative

The present indicative describes things that are happening, are about to happen, or are believed to be happening. What does the future indicative describe? More...
Article of the Day

Cyrus the Great

Better known as Cyrus the Great, Cyrus II was the founder of the Persian Empire under the Achaemenid dynasty. In around 550 BCE, Cyrus united the kingdoms of Media and Persia, forming the beginnings of an empire that would eventually spread from Egypt to the Indus River and become the largest state the world had yet seen. Because he respected the customs and religions of each part of his empire, Cyrus was often seen as a liberator rather than a conqueror. How does the Bible treat Cyrus? More...
This Day in History

Christmas Island Discovered by Captain James Cook (1777)

Though Captain James Cook was certainly not the first person to set foot on Christmas Island—the atoll had been visited by native Pacific Islanders in the past—it was uninhabited when he found it. Both the UK and US later laid claim to the atoll, and they vied for power there for the next 100 years or so, until it gained independence as part of the 33-island Republic of Kiribati and was renamed Kiritimati. Before it gained independence, the US and UK used the atoll as a testing ground for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Kit Carson (1809)

Carson was an American frontiersman, trapper, scout, Indian agent, and soldier. He ran away from home as a teen to join an expedition to the Southwest, embarking on a lifetime of adventure that earned him an almost mythical status in the annals of the American West. Much to his dismay, fictionalized versions of his daring exploits were published in a series of popular novels. He was haunted by the knowledge that a lady who had been kidnapped and killed had had such a book in her possession. Why? More...
Quotation of the Day
Without self-confidence we are as babes in the cradles. And how can we generate this imponderable quality, which is yet so invaluable, most quickly? By thinking that other people are inferior to oneself.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

Idiom of the Day

easier than falling off a log

Extremely easy; very intuitive; requiring little or no skill or effort. More...
Today's Holiday

Christmas Eve (Bethlehem) (2017)

Located only a few miles from Jerusalem, Bethlehem is known as the birthplace of Jesus and has long been regarded as a holy place by Christians. A church was eventually built on the site, and the crypt beneath it, known as the Grotto of the Nativity, is reputed to be the site of the original manger. A Roman Catholic mass is held there at midnight on Christmas Eve, and pilgrims from all over the world attend. The highlight of the service occurs when a carved wooden figure of the Christ Child is laid in a manger in the Grotto of the Nativity. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: slight

hair-trigger - Its underlying meaning is something that may be triggered with the pressure of something as slight as a hair. More...

legerdemain - "Slight of hand, conjuring tricks," from French, literally "light of hand." More...

velleity - Describes a mild desire, wish, or urge that is too slight to lead to action. More...

annuated - Slightly aged. More...

In the News

Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night. During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that are important to saving new memories, a team reports in the journal Neuron. "It's like a drummer that's ... More...
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