Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, February 18, 2018)
Word of the Day

begrime

Definition:(verb) Make soiled, filthy, or dirty.
Synonyms:bemire, colly, dirty, soil
Usage: Mother warned me not to begrime my clothes while playing outside.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Future Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the future tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a future point in time. The future continuous and future perfect continuous are typically only used with what type of verb? More...
Article of the Day

Winged Cats

Since Henry David Thoreau first recorded the details of his encounter with a "winged cat" in 1842, there have been over 138 reported sightings of such creatures. Some explain the phenomenon as the result of improper grooming, which can lead cats to develop winglike mats of fur, but there are also a few medical conditions that can give cats a winged appearance. One is feline cutaneous asthenia, a skin deformity characterized by abnormal elasticity and stretching of the skin. What is the other? More...
This Day in History

Republic of The Gambia Gains Independence from the UK (1965)

Entirely surrounded by Senegal except for an outlet to the Atlantic, the Republic of The Gambia is a West African nation that consists of a relatively narrow strip of land that spans both banks of the Gambia River and follows the river's path inland for about 300 mi (480 km). In 1588, the territory was sold to English merchants by the Portuguese. In 1843, it became a British colony. In 1965, it gained independence, and in 1982, it joined with Senegal to form a confederation by what name? More...
Today's Birthday

Hans Asperger (1906)

Asperger was an Austrian psychiatrist who, in 1944, published the first definition of what is now known as Asperger syndrome. Calling it "autistic psychopathy," he described a disorder characterized by severe impairment of social skills and restricted interests and behaviors, features that he himself appears to have exhibited as a child. Despite his patients' handicaps, Asperger believed that they would someday make valuable contributions to society. Which of his patients won a Nobel Prize? More...
Quotation of the Day
Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot be plucked by them.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

won't budge an inch

Will not move, change, or shift in any way at all. More...
Today's Holiday

Gambia Independence Day (2019)

Gambia gained independence from Britain on February 18, 1965, and became a constitutional monarchy. On that day, people gathered in Bathurst for music, dancing, and the replacement of the Union Jack with the Gambian flag. A public vote in 1970 made the Republic of the Gambia a British Commonwealth. Independence Day is a national holiday in Gambia. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: swine

gruntle - Can be used for swine, meaning "to make a little grunt." More...

pig - Originally meant just "young pig" until the 16th century—the word in Old and Middle English for the animal was swine. More...

swine - The collective (and ancestral) term for domesticated pigs and hogs; a hog is 120 pounds and ready for market, while a pig is immature and weighs less. More...

chat - To call a swine. More...

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