Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 6, 2018)
Word of the Day

stepwise

Definition:(adjective) Marked by a gradual progression as if step by step.
Synonyms:bit-by-bit, in small stages, piecemeal, step-by-step
Usage: Quantum mechanics is a natural system of stepwise interactions that governs very small things.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Future Perfect Continuous

The future perfect continuous tense is used in a very similar way to the future perfect to describe the duration of a completed future action. They both carry the same meaning when used in this way, but the future perfect continuous emphasizes what? More...
Article of the Day

Prayer Rope

Similar to the Catholic rosary, a prayer rope is a loop of complex knots used by Eastern Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics to track the number of times they have recited a certain prayer, generally one known as the Jesus Prayer. In some churches, reciting the Jesus Prayer a specific number of times can, when necessary, replace certain worship services. For example, instead of reading the entire Psalter, a worshipper might recite the short prayer how many thousands of times? More...
This Day in History

Jan Hus Is Burned at the Stake (1415)

A Bohemian religious reformer, Hus was excommunicated in 1411 after taking a stand in the power struggle among the three figures claiming to be pope of the Catholic Church. He continued to preach, but his criticism led to a case of heresy against him, and he was invited to the Council of Constance to explain his views. Though promised safe conduct to the council, he was arrested, tried for heresy, and burned at the stake. What seemingly prescient thing did Hus do before traveling to Constance? More...
Today's Birthday

John Paul Jones (1747)

One of the greatest heroes of the US Navy, Jones emigrated from Scotland at the start of the American Revolution. In 1779, while commanding the Bonhomme Richard, he engaged the British Serapis in battle. With his ship on fire and sinking, he answered a call to surrender by saying, "I have not yet begun to fight!" Eventually, the crew of the badly damaged Serapis surrendered, and Jones and his men boarded her. Where were Jones's remains—lost for over a century—found in 1905? More...
Quotation of the Day
Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Idiom of the Day

great cry and little wool

A great deal of fuss, noise, fanfare, or protestation over something of little or no substance, importance, or relevance. More...
Today's Holiday

Great Schooner Race (2018)

The Great Schooner Race is held off the shore of Rockland, Maine. Since 1977 the race has featured schooners from the Maine Windjammer Association and a number of other large sailing ships—usually 25 to 30 in all. The race begins at Isleboro Island and ends in Rockland, where the boats parade through Penobscot Bay. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: wheels

gurney - A stretcher with wheels. More...

axel, axle - Axel is the figure-skating jump; axle is the pin or rod between two wheels. More...

dry steering - The act of turning the wheels of a car that is not moving. More...

three-point landing - An aircraft landing in which the two wheels of the main landing gear and the tail or nose wheel touch the ground simultaneously. More...

In the News

NASA's Curiosity rover takes stunning selfie during massive dust storm on Mars

But first, let me take a selfie. NASA's Curiosity rover has taken an incredible selfie image during an "unprecedented" massive dust storm on Mars. The image, a composite created by scientist Seán Doran, who works with NASA'S Jet Propulsion Lab to ... More...
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