Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, August 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

magnanimous

Definition:(adjective) Courageously noble in mind and heart.
Synonyms:greathearted
Usage: Then he imagined how, after the attack, Bogdanich would come up to him as he lay wounded and would magnanimously extend the hand of reconciliation.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Continuous Tense with Adverbs

When using the present continuous tense, we can add adverbs relating to time between "be" and the present participle. What do such adverbs serve to specify or clarify? More...
Article of the Day

Air Force One

Though often thought of as a specific airplane, Air Force One is the air traffic control call sign for any US Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. The call sign was established for security purposes in 1953 after a commercial flight with the same call sign as the president's plane accidentally entered the same airspace. Any Air Force aircraft carrying the Vice President is called Air Force Two. What was the first presidential transport plane nicknamed? More...
This Day in History

Double Eagle II Becomes First Balloon to Cross the Atlantic (1978)

By 1978, there had been at least 14 failed attempts to cross the Atlantic by balloon, during which five people died. One of the failures was that of the Double Eagle I in 1977. A year later, however, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman landed the Double Eagle II in a field in Miserey, France, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine. After their successful flight, the trio drew straws to determine who would get to sleep in a bed at the US Embassy once slept in by whom? More...
Today's Birthday

Marcus Garvey (1887)

Garvey was a Jamaican-born American proponent of black nationalism. His Universal Negro Improvement Association, established in 1914 to promote racial pride, quickly spread in black communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, and Central America, and Garvey became the most influential black leader of the early 1920s, with a following some two million strong. However, his movement foundered after his 1922 indictment for mail fraud. What religious movement considers Garvey one of its prophets? More...
Quotation of the Day
The scene, as beheld through the hazy atmosphere of this climate, is one of great interest; if, indeed, a person, fresh from sea, and who has just walked, for the first time, in a grove of cocoa-nut trees, can be a judge of anything but his own happiness.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

peg it

To leave or depart very quickly or suddenly. More...
Today's Holiday

Chilseog (2018)

Chilseog is the Korean version of the Seven Sisters Festival, based on a Chinese legend about two stars known as the Herdsman and the Spinning Maiden. The Herdsman star, located in the Aquila constellation, and the Spinning Maiden star, Vega in the Lyra constellation, are in love but can only meet once a year—on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, when crows and magpies form a bridge across the heavenly river, as the Milky Way is called. On this night it is customary for young Korean women to pray for celestial assistance in sewing and to honor the stars by penning verse about them. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pond

lake - First meant pool or pond. More...

nursery - Can be a pond in which fry are reared. More...

tank - May have come from Gujarati tanku, or Marathi tanke, "underground cistern," from Sanskrit tadaga, "pond." More...

pond - To pond is to accumulate water in a pond, which is really a small lake. More...

In the News

400-Year-Old Greenland Shark 'Longest-Living Vertebrate'

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrates known on Earth, scientists say. Researchers used radiocarbon dating to determine the ages of 28 of the animals, and estimated that one female was about 400 years old. The team found that the sharks ... More...
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