Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, April 5, 2016)
Word of the Day

gainsay

Definition:(verb) To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Synonyms:challenge, dispute
Usage: In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity; she was firm, and he dared not gainsay her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Conjunctive Adverbs of Purpose

We often use conjunctive adverbs to indicate a relationship of reason or purpose between two independent clauses. When we join two independent clauses with a conjunctive adverb, they are traditionally separated with what? More...
Article of the Day

Sacrifice

Sacrifice, from the Latin word meaning "to make holy," is the practice of offering food, or the lives of animals or people, to the gods as an act of propitiation or worship. Biblical accounts of sacrifice begin with Cain's sacrifice of the fruit of the ground and Abel's sacrifice of the firstlings of his flock. In the New Testament, the symbol of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb is frequently employed. What religion's practice of animal sacrifice led to a US Supreme Court case? More...
This Day in History

"Who Shot Phil?" Episode of EastEnders Airs (2001)

After five weeks of speculation and frenzied betting, Phil Mitchell's would-be assassin was finally revealed in a much-hyped episode of EastEnders, one of the longest running and most popular soap operas in the UK. Nearly 20 million people tuned in to watch the culmination of the "Who shot Phil?" storyline, causing the UK's third-largest power surge on record until that time. What major sporting event was postponed to accommodate the special episode's extended running time? More...
Today's Birthday

Louis Spohr, "The Forgotten Master" (1784)

A highly respected German composer and violinist in the 19th century, Spohr has been largely neglected since then. After touring Europe, he became kapellmeister—leader of the orchestra—in Kassel, Germany, in 1822 and remained there for the rest of his life, eventually directing all of the city's music. Highly prolific, he wrote 15 violin concertos, nine symphonies, and many operas. Sometimes considered "forgotten," Spohr is said to have been as famous as which of his contemporaries? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every child born into the world is a new thought of God, an ever fresh and radiant possibility.

Kate Wiggin (1856-1923)

Idiom of the Day

be like oil and water

To be incompatible or unable to interact or coexist easily, as due to fundamental differences in personality, opinions, beliefs, etc. More...
Today's Holiday

Thay Pagoda Festival (2021)

This Vietnamese festival is held in honor of Buddhist monk Dao Hanh, who lived during the Lý Dynasty (1009-1225 CE). Dao Hanh was said to have invented what is known as mua roi can, "water puppetry," an activity that plays an important part in the festival. In addition to water puppet performances, the festival features firecracker competitions, folk singing, rowing contests, and mountain-climbing events. It is held in the village of Thay (or Thuy Khe village) in the Quoc Oai District of Ha Tay Province. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lift

heavy - From the Proto-Germanic verb khabjan, "lift," came the noun khabiz, "weight," which begat the Dutch hevig and then English heavy. More...

hover - Comes from hove, "raise, lift, rise" or "linger, wait." More...

lift - The action of cutting a deck of cards used to be called the lift. More...

weigh - First meant "carry, lift, bear, raise up." More...

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