Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, August 6, 2020)
Word of the Day

dingle

Definition:(noun) A small wooded hollow.
Synonyms:dell
Usage: For no reason but that his fancy led him, he … walked down the grassy sunny slope of the open meadow, and so came to the little dingle.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Punctuating Sentences

The most common use of periods is to punctuate the end of sentences. This occurs with almost all the types of sentences we use. However, if we wanted to indicate an especially strong emotion, or show that the speaker is shouting, what mark of punctuation would we typically use instead? More...
Article of the Day

Qigong

Considered by some to be an important form of alternative medicine, qigong is an ancient Chinese system of postures, exercises, breathing techniques, and meditations. Its central idea is the control and manipulation of qi—also known as chi—believed by practitioners to be the fundamental life energy responsible for health and vitality. In China, qigong is used in conjunction with other medical therapies for many chronic conditions. How is qigong related to the practice of martial arts? More...
This Day in History

Gertrude Ederle Becomes First Woman to Swim across the English Channel (1926)

Only five men had managed to swim across the 35-mile (56-km) English Channel by the time Ederle became the first woman to make the trip. On her second attempt, the 19-year-old Olympic medalist from America made the swim from France to England in 14 hours and 31 minutes—beating the male record-holder by two hours. Hours before Ederle reached England, the weather deteriorated. A supporter following her by boat called out and urged her to get out of the water. What was Ederle's reply? More...
Today's Birthday

Lucille Désirée Ball (1911)

Ball was the star of the tremendously popular 1950s television show I Love Lucy. Prior to her superstardom, Ball appeared in many B-movies, earning the nickname "Queen of the B's." With her rasping voice and a comic persona alternately brassy and feminine, she became the preeminent female star of the early decades of television. She and costar Desi Arnaz, married in real life and on I Love Lucy, divorced after the show ended. In what other shows and films did Ball appear? More...
Quotation of the Day
To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

Idiom of the Day

gym bunny

Someone who is obsessively preoccupied with maintaining or improving their physique and thus spends a large amount of time at the gym to do so. More...
Today's Holiday

Busan Sea Festival (2020)

Every August since 1999, the municipal government of the seaside town of Busan in South Korea has sponsored a nine-day Sea Festival on its main beaches. The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony featuring performances by popular singers and other entertainers and culminates that night in a spectacular fireworks display. Over the course of the festival, a variety of water sports are offered, as well as the Hanbada Festival for the Disabled and championship competitions in windsurfing and beach volleyball. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: withdraw

anchorite - Its meaning of "hermit" derived from Greek ana-, "back," and chorein, "to withdraw." More...

cease, cede - Cease and cede come from Latin cedere, "go away, withdraw." More...

retire - From French retirer, from re-, "back" and tirer, "throw," its first sense was "withdraw to a place of safety or seclusion." More...

take for the kitchen - To withdraw from a conversation or to remain silent. More...

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