Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, April 19, 2020)
Word of the Day

flag-waving

Definition:(adjective) Fanatically patriotic.
Synonyms:jingoistic, ultranationalistic, chauvinistic
Usage: I will not be silenced by some flag-waving bully who cannot tolerate a little criticism of our government.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions of Direction or Movement

A preposition of direction or movement describes how, where, or in what way something moves. "To," "from," and "over" are all prepositions of direction or movement. What are some others? More...
Article of the Day

Lazarus

In the New Testament, two apparently separate people are named Lazarus. One is raised from the dead by Jesus after having spent four days in a tomb. The other is a leper who dies at the gate of a selfish rich man, then goes to heaven. Upon his own death, the rich man arrives in hell, where, in his suffering, he begs the leper Lazarus for water. This Lazarus is the only person in a New Testament parable who is named. Though the rich man is not named, he is commonly referred to as Dives. Why? More...
This Day in History

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Is Elected Pope (2005)

Ordained in 1951, the German-born Ratzinger came to be regarded as the most influential person in the Catholic hierarchy after the pope through his high-profile positions within the church and his uncompromising stance on Catholic teachings. He presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II as dean of the College of Cardinals and, after just two days and four ballots, was elected pope in one of the fastest papal elections in a century. Why did he pray not to be elected during the papal conclave? More...
Today's Birthday

Eliot Ness (1903)

Ness was 26 years old when he was hired as a special agent of the US Department of Justice to head its Chicago Prohibition bureau, with the express purpose of breaking up the bootlegging network of Al Capone. He formed a nine-man team of unbribable officers known as "the Untouchables." Numerous attempts were made on his life, and one of his friends was killed, but he eventually helped take down Capone, who was convicted on tax evasion charges. What did Ness do after Prohibition ended? More...
Quotation of the Day
Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

have nothing to do

To have no tasks or actions that one must complete or undertake; to have nothing with which to occupy one's time. More...
Today's Holiday

Annual Lantern Ceremony (2020)

The Annual Lantern Ceremony takes place each year on the eve of Patriots' Day, a public holiday in Massachusetts and Maine on the third Monday in April. The ceremony is held at the Old North Church in Boston, where, on April 18, 1775, the church sexton displayed two lanterns from the steeple, signaling Paul Revere's message that the British would come to Lexington and Concord across the Charles River. The Annual Lantern Ceremony commemorates the lighting of the two lamps. The centerpiece of the ceremony each year is a keynote address by a notable leader of the Boston area or beyond. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: taught

academy - Came from Akademos, the man or demigod for whom Plato's garden, where he taught, was named. More...

pedagogue - A Roman slave who took children to school and on outings, but also taught them—from Greek ped, "child," and agein, "to lead." More...

recant - Can mean "sing again"; its usual meaning stresses the withdrawing or denying of something professed or taught. More...

doctor, physician - Doctor is derived from Latin doctus, "having been taught; learned," from docere, "to teach"; physician comes from Latin physica, "natural science; physics." More...

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