Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, December 16, 2016)
Word of the Day

sophistry

Definition:(noun) A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.
Synonyms:sophism, sophistication
Usage: Though they had all been taken in by the argument, they later claimed to have secretly known that it was pure sophistry.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Verbs

Verbs are used to indicate the actions, processes, conditions, or states of beings of people or things. Verbs constitute the root of the predicate. What is the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs? More...
Article of the Day

Jerusalem Syndrome

Manifesting in Jews and Christians alike, Jerusalem syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which individuals experience religiously themed delusions while visiting Jerusalem. Seen as early as the Middle Ages, it is often marked by a desire to tour the city alone, an obsession with being clean, and the need to don a white gown. It sometimes culminates in the public delivery of a sermon. For what occasion in recent history did authorities fear a major spike in cases of Jerusalem syndrome? More...
This Day in History

The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More...
Today's Birthday

Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More...
Quotation of the Day
How gladly would I meet
Mortality my sentence, and be earth
Insensible! how glad would lay me down
As in my mother's lap!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More...
Today's Holiday

Bangladesh Victory Day (2017)

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: punctuation

em dash, en dash - The em dash is the long dash used in punctuation whose length is based on the width of the letter M; the en dash is shorter (the width of an N) and the hyphen is even shorter. More...

punctual - From Latin punctum, "point," it can mean "pertaining to punctuation," or "of or relating to a point in space." More...

square brackets, parentheses, braces - Square brackets were formerly called crotchets, round brackets are commonly called parentheses, and curly brackets are called braces; the punctuation called brackets derives from the bookshelf type, implying that, in writing, these marks "lift up" a section of a sentence. More...

stigmeology - The art of punctuation. More...

In the News

The Gross Ingredient that Glowworms Use to Make Sticky Snares

Survival is a sticky situation for many in the animal world. The glowworm is no exception. These fly larvae, native to Australia and New Zealand, catch dinner by using their bioluminescent blue “butts” to lure insects into a hammock of sticky threads. Now, biologists ... More...
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