Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, February 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

inhale

Definition:(verb) Draw in (air).
Synonyms:breathe in, inspire
Usage: Every morning they go out to the yard, close their eyes, inhale the fresh mountain air, and meditate for an hour.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Aspects of the Present Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the present tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to the present moment in time. What is the present simple structure used to express? More...
Article of the Day

Charles Pierre Baudelaire

Baudelaire was a 19th-century French poet and critic. The only volume of his poems published in his lifetime, Les Fleurs du mal, translated as The Flowers of Evil, was initially condemned as obscene. Later accepted as a masterpiece, the book is recognized for the brilliant phrasing, rhythm, and expressiveness of its lyrics. Baudelaire also translated many of Poe's works, bringing them to the attention of the French public. What literary movement is he credited with helping develop? More...
This Day in History

Decimal Day (1971)

Financial calculations using the old currency of the UK were complicated, as one pound was made up of 240 pence or 20 shillings, a shilling was equal to 12 pence, and the half-crown was worth two shillings and sixpence. After considering decimalization for over a century, Parliament passed the Decimal Currency Act in 1969. The pound was to be divided into 100 "new pence," and a massive publicity campaign was launched in the weeks leading up to Decimal Day. How did people react to the change? More...
Today's Birthday

Susan Brownell Anthony (1820)

Anthony was a pioneer in the US women's suffrage movement. The daughter of an abolitionist, she was well-educated and campaigned tirelessly for abolition and suffrage, attempting to secure laws to protect women's rights. In 1869, she and fellow suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association. She helped edit a history of the movement and purchased copies for American and European universities. In 1872, she was arrested for leading a group of women in doing what? More...
Quotation of the Day
I read in a book once that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but I've never been able to believe it. I don't believe a rose would be as nice if it was called a thistle or a skunk cabbage.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

gun it

To accelerate or increase speed suddenly or rapidly; to travel or move very quickly. Usually said while traveling in an automobile. More...
Today's Holiday

Gullah Celebration (2020)

The Gullah Celebration takes place annually over four weekends in February on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The event showcases the history and heritage of the island's Gullahs, the name for people of African origin inhabiting the islands and coastal areas of the southeastern U.S. Entertainment at the celebration includes storytelling, traditional gospel music, African dance, and popular R&B and jazz. An expo provides demonstrations in such traditional arts and crafts as basket-making, indigo dying techniques, African "long-strip" quilting, and weaving fish nets. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: leisure

empty - First meant "at leisure, unoccupied," and it could also mean "unmarried." More...

leisure - Based on Latin licere, "be allowed." More...

scholastic - Based on Latin scholasticus, "devote one's leisure to learning." More...

vacation - Coming from Latin vacation/vacatio, from vacare, "to be free, empty; to be at leisure," around 1395, this term entered Old English, meaning "rest and freedom from any activity." More...

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