Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, July 27, 2018)
Word of the Day

scrumptious

Definition:(adjective) Extremely pleasing to the sense of taste.
Synonyms:delectable, pleasant-tasting, yummy, toothsome, delicious, luscious
Usage: That was a scrumptious apple pie, but I ate so much of it that now I have a terrible stomachache.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Predicate Pronouns

We can use a predicate pronoun after a linking verb to re-identify the subject. In what kinds of sentences does this most commonly happen? More...
Article of the Day

Speaking in Tongues

Glossolalia is the generally unintelligible speech produced by some schizophrenics or individuals in a state of trance-like religious excitement. In the latter context, "speaking in tongues" is often interpreted as a sign of possession by a supernatural spirit or conversation with divine beings. There are several references to the phenomenon in the New Testament, including an account of such an occurrence among followers of Jesus at Pentecost. What other religions practice forms of glossolalia? More...
This Day in History

Six-Year-Old Adam Walsh Kidnapped (1981)

Adam Walsh disappeared in 1981 after his mother left him playing video games at a department store in Hollywood, Florida, while she shopped nearby. Two weeks later, his severed head was found in a canal, but the investigation was largely mishandled, and no one was ever arrested. His father, John Walsh, devoted his life to advocating for missing children and became the host of the TV show America's Most Wanted. In 2008, police closed the case on Adam. Who do they believe killed him? More...
Today's Birthday

Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge (1904)

Bainbridge was an American physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the US government program that produced the first atomic bomb. He was the director of Project Trinity, the first nuclear test explosion—the sole test before the bombs were used. The successful test took place in New Mexico on July 16, 1945, and Bainbridge called the blast "a foul and awesome display." He later became an outspoken opponent of nuclear testing. What was Bainbridge's other notable scientific accomplishment? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing can be so quick and sudden as the operations of the mind, especially when hope, or fear, or jealousy, to which the two others are but journeymen, set it to work.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

on the fiddle

Engaged in deceitful, fraudulent, or dishonest means of obtaining money. More...
Today's Holiday

Guru Purnima (2018)

In Hinduism, a guru is a personal teacher or guide who has already attained spiritual insight—Guru Purnima is the day set aside for the veneration of the guru. In ancient times, when students were educated in ashrams and gurukuls, this was the day they would honor their teachers, pay their fees, and give them presents. This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima after Rishi Vyasa, a famous guru who is said to have compiled the four Vedas, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas, a series of 18 epics dealing with creation and the gods in the form of fables, legends, and tales. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suddenly

squall - A violent wind that comes in suddenly, but does not last long, and is often accompanied by rain or snow. More...

amaze, surprise - Amaze once meant "alarm, terrify," but now means "astonish"; surprise means "meet with suddenly or without warning." More...

intersilient - Describing something suddenly emerging in the midst of something. More...

subitary - "Suddenly or hastily done or made." More...

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