Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, September 10, 2015)
Word of the Day

abstemious

Definition:(adjective) Marked by temperance in indulgence.
Synonyms:temperate, sparing, moderate, sober, austere, frugal, ascetic, self-denying, abstinent, continent
Usage: All drank except Lee Goom, the abstemious cabin boy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Conjugations of "Be"

Linking verbs are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. The verb "to be" is the most common linking verb. Unique among English verbs, "be" has eight different conjugations. Can you name them all? More...
Article of the Day

Scuba Diving

Deep sea diving is generally performed with the aid of a breathing apparatus. Scuba (an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) is a system that delivers air to the diver at the same pressure exerted by the surrounding water. Most scuba divers limit their descent to about 130 ft (40 m), though certain record setters have reached depths of 300 ft (91 m) or more. At depths beyond 130 ft, nitrogen narcosis may set in; how does this condition impair a diver's judgment? More...
This Day in History

People of Gibraltar Vote to Remain a British Dependency (1967)

A rocky peninsula on the southern tip of Spain, the Rock of Gibraltar was held by the Moors from 711 to 1462, annexed by Spain in 1501, and captured by the British in 1704. After more than 200 years as a British crown colony, the people of Gibraltar participated in a national referendum and rejected a proposal to transfer control of Gibraltar to Spain, choosing instead for it to remain a British territory. What were the results of a 2002 referendum proposing shared British-Spanish sovereignty? More...
Today's Birthday

Alice Brown Davis (1852)

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 forced Native Americans to leave their lands within state borders and relocate to unsettled land in the West. Brown Davis, whose mother was a Seminole, grew up on the new Indian Territory and cared for Seminoles during a cholera epidemic when she was a teen. Once the US government began dismantling tribal governments to push Oklahoma toward statehood, Brown Davis acted as the Seminoles' interpreter in court and became their first female chief, serving for how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.

Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

Idiom of the Day

(one's) blood is up

One is in an angry, aggressive, or violent mood; one is looking or ready for a fight. More...
Today's Holiday

Horn Dance (2018)

The ancient Horn Dance, believed by many to have originated in Norman times or before, is performed at Abbots Bromley, a small village in Staffordshire, England, as part of the Wakes Monday celebration each year. A dozen local men, ranging in age from 12 to more than 50, dress in 16th-century foresters' costumes. Six of them carry reindeer antlers mounted on short wooden sticks. The men dance their way around the parish boundaries, stopping to perform at homes and farms along the way. There is also a Hobby Horse, a man dressed as Maid Marian, a Fool, and a young archer. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pupil

eleve - A French term used for a pupil or scholar. More...

indocible - Means unteachable as a pupil. More...

pupil - From Latin pupilla, it first meant "orphan, ward, minor." More...

apple of his eye - Results from the fact that the pupil of the eye was called the "apple" in earlier English because it was thought to be a solid sphere. More...

In the News

Move Over, Stonehenge: Scientists Just Found a "Superhenge" Next Door

We've all heard of Stonehenge, even if most of us aren't quite sure what a henge is. But it turns out that the mysterious ancient monument may have been dwarfed by a nearby contemporary. Scientists working with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project ... More...
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