Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 13, 2016)
Word of the Day

tallith

Definition:(noun) A shawl with a ritually knotted fringe at each corner; worn by Jews at morning prayer.
Synonyms:prayer shawl
Usage: He donned his tallith as he entered the synagogue.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Do" in Imperative Sentences

We can use the auxiliary verb "do" before the main verb of an imperative sentence. What does this add to the tone of the command, instruction, or request? More...
Article of the Day

Tight Accommodations: Capsule Hotels

If a bed and a TV are all you need, try a capsule hotel. Developed in Japan in the 1970s, capsule hotels offer accommodations in modular blocks roughly 6.5 x 3.25 x 4 ft (2 x 1 x 1.25 m) in size. Capsules are typically stacked 2 units high, and luggage is usually stored in a separate locker. Used primarily by men, the hotels are frequented for their convenience and low price, often by those who missed a train or want to sleep off a night of drinking. How much do capsules cost for a night's stay? More...
This Day in History

First FIFA World Cup Kicks Off (1930)

Soccer, or association football, as it is known throughout much of the world, has been an Olympic sport since 1900. In 1930, FIFA—soccer's international governing body—decided to stage its own tournament, the World Cup. Reigning Olympic champion Uruguay was chosen as host and went on to win the inaugural event. Today the tournament is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, but then it was a challenge just to get teams to participate. What else did not go as planned? More...
Today's Birthday

Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608)

When Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand III ascended the throne, the Thirty Years' War had been raging for 20 years. After his accession, the war took a disastrous turn. Though he prohibited religious freedom in his own domains, he compromised with Europe's Protestant powers and agreed to the Peace of Westphalia. The treaty ended 30 years of religious strife in central Europe but greatly reduced the central power of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite the war, Ferdinand made time to pursue what pastime? More...
Quotation of the Day
Is it not better...to lead a good fashion than to follow a bad one?

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

not have (one's) heart in (something)

To not be emotionally invested or enthusiastic about something; to have no drive or will to do something. More...
Today's Holiday

Night Watch (2018)

La Retraite aux Flambeaux, or the Night Watch, is a half-holiday in France that is celebrated on the eve of Bastille Day. The lights in Paris are darkened in remembrance of the day in 1789 when the Bastille fell. Colorful processions of soldiers, patriotic bands, and people bearing torches and Chinese lanterns march through the streets, followed by crowds of spectators. The procession usually ends at the home of a prominent citizen, who offers the torch- and lantern-bearers something to drink. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: scrape

erase - From Latin e-, "out," and radere, "scrape." More...

raze, razor - Raze, from French raser, "shave close," is from Latin radere, "scrape, scratch"—also giving us razor. More...

gride - To scratch, scrape, or cut with a grating sound. More...

scrumble - To scrape or scratch (something) out of or from. More...

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