Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, March 1, 2020)
Word of the Day

breakup

Definition:(noun) The termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations).
Synonyms:dissolution
Usage: The breakup of the Soviet Union had long-term consequences for international politics.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Sense Verbs

Certain verbs are used to indicate perceptions, opinions, or bodily sensations. These are known as verbs of the senses, or "sense verbs" for short. What are the seven sense verbs? More...
Article of the Day

The Year of the Elephant

In Islamic tradition, the Year of the Elephant is the year Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, was born. Its name is derived from an event that is said to have occurred that year in Mecca, Muhammad's birthplace. Abraha, the Christian ruler of a neighboring principality, marched upon the Kaaba—what would become the most sacred site in Islam—with a large army. At the border of Mecca, Abraha's elephant is said to have sat down and refused to go any farther. Why did Abraha want to attack the Kaaba? More...
This Day in History

Yellowstone National Park Established (1872)

Before Ferdinand Hayden's extensive geological exploration of the Yellowstone area in 1871, many doubted the stories of prior European explorers describing a remarkable landscape dotted with geysers and boiling springs. Paintings and photographs from Hayden's expedition helped convince Congress to make Yellowstone the US's first national park, and it now draws millions of visitors each year. Why do park officials refrain from extinguishing wildfires that pose no immediate threat to human life? More...
Today's Birthday

Alton Glenn Miller (1904)

Miller was an American jazz trombonist and bandleader. He worked as a freelance musician in New York City before forming his own big band in 1938. It soon became one of swing's most popular groups, known for hits such as "In the Mood" and "Moonlight Serenade." During WWII, he joined the military and led the US Air Force band. In 1944, while flying from England to Paris, his plane disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and Miller was never found. What are the theories about what happened? More...
Quotation of the Day
Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went before—consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

the happy day

A wedding, or marriage in general. More...
Today's Holiday

Buergsonndeg (2020)

On this day, young people go to hills in the countryside throughout Luxembourg to build bonfires to celebrate the sun and to mark winter's end. Though this custom can be traced to pre-Christian times, in modern times it is associated with Lent. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: physical

physical, physician - Physical and physician come from Latin physica, "things related to nature." More...

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