Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, July 2, 2019)
Word of the Day

lustrous

Definition:(adjective) Reflecting light.
Synonyms:glistening, shiny, glossy
Usage: There arrived through the post a small card-board box addressed to me, which I found to contain a very large and lustrous pearl.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

We use the future perfect continuous tense to indicate how long something has been happening once a future moment in time is reached. How is the future perfect continuous tense most commonly formed? More...
Article of the Day

Heshen

Heshen was an 18th-century Manchu official who has come to symbolize the corruption of China's Qing dynasty. A favorite of the emperor, he rose from bodyguard to grand councilor and minister of the imperial household in just two years, at which point he took to extorting and embezzling on a grand scale. His associates, whom he had given political appointments, followed his example, thus beginning a century of corruption that led to the dynasty’s downfall. Why did he enjoy the emperor’s favor? More...
This Day in History

US President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (1964)

Proposed by President John F. Kennedy and strengthened and passed under President Johnson, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is widely considered the most important US law on civil rights since Reconstruction. A comprehensive law intended to end discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, or national origin, it guarantees equal voting rights and prohibits segregation or discrimination in public places, among other provisions. How long did some senators filibuster to delay the bill's passage? More...
Today's Birthday

Thomas Cranmer (1489)

Cranmer became the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury after he helped Henry VIII in his negotiations with the pope over divorcing Catherine of Aragon. He annulled Henry's marriage to Catherine, supported his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and later helped him divorce her. After Henry's death in 1547, Cranmer became adviser to Edward VI. When the anti-Protestant Mary I became queen, Cranmer was tried, convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. Why did he place his hand into the fire first? More...
Quotation of the Day
What they do in heaven we are ignorant of; what they do not do we are told expressly.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

blind date

A date among two people who have not previously met. More...
Today's Holiday

Festival of American Folklife (2019)

Since 1967, the Festival of American Folklife has been held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the richness and diversity of American and world cultures, emphasizing folk, tribal, ethnic, and regional traditions in communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Recent festival programs have included musicians from the former Soviet Union, demonstrations of African-American coil basketry and Italian-American stone-carving, and the performance of a Japanese rice-planting ritual. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prosperity

land of milk and honey - In the Bible, a land of prosperity and plenty promised by God to the Israelites. More...

pumpkin time - The end of prosperity and a return to normal. More...

thrift - First meant "acquired wealth, prosperity, success." More...

welfare - Originally the phrase wel fare—first meaning "happiness" or "prosperity." More...

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