Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, September 21, 2018)
Word of the Day

faithless

Definition:(adjective) Having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor.
Synonyms:traitorous, treasonous, unfaithful
Usage: They succeeded in overtaking the party of which they were in quest, but concealed their faithless desertion of Scott; alleging that he had died of disease.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Correlative Conjunctions and Subject-Verb Agreement

When we join two subjects with a correlative conjunction, subject-verb agreement can be tricky. In general, when we join two singular subjects using a correlative conjunction, the verb that follows should be singular. When we join two plural subjects, the verb that follows should be what? More...
Article of the Day

The Tetragrammaton

In the Old Testament, the proper name of God is revealed to Moses on Mount Sinai. Known as the Tetragrammaton—Greek for "four-letter word"—it consists of four Hebrew consonants: yod, he, vav, and he. These are variously transliterated as JHVH, JHWH, YHWH, or YHVH. Although contention still exists today, many scholars accept the pronunciation as either "Yahweh" Or "Jehovah." The name is regarded by Jews as ineffable—too sacred to be pronounced. When reading, what substitute is used? More...
This Day in History

The Brief Battle of Prestonpans (1745)

England's King James II may have been deposed in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, but he was not without supporters. These supporters, the Jacobites, spent the next six decades unsuccessfully fighting to restore him—and, later, his descendants—to the throne. Their final major attempt, the Forty-five Rebellion, began auspiciously for the House of Stuart, with a victory at Prestonpans, Scotland. The battle was won in mere minutes. How many casualties did the government troops suffer in that time? More...
Today's Birthday

John Loudon McAdam (1756)

McAdam was a Scottish engineer who invented a process called "macadamization." After noting the poor condition of the highways near his estate, he recommended that roads be raised above the adjacent ground for good drainage and then covered, first with large stones then with small stones, and bound with fine gravel. It was perhaps the greatest advance in road construction since Roman times and became known as "tarmac," short for "tarmacadam." What was the first macadam road in North America? More...
Quotation of the Day
Oh, be humble, my brother, in your prosperity! Be gentle with those who are less lucky, if not more deserving.

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

Idiom of the Day

ripen up

To grow ripe; to become mature enough to harvest or pick. More...
Today's Holiday

Belize Independence Day (2018)

On September 21, 1981, Belize gained independence from Britain. Belize was formerly known as British Honduras and had been internally self-governing since 1965. Independence Day is a national public holiday in Belize. Celebrations begin more than a week before the 21st with dances, pageants, sporting events, and concerts, and culminate with parades and patriotic ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: womb

gestation - Literally the period during which unborn young are "carried" inside the womb—from Latin gerere, "carry" or "conduct." More...

lightening - A drop in the level of the womb during the last weeks of pregnancy, as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis. More...

matrix - From Latin, meaning "breeding female," it originally was used for the uterus or womb, then for a supporting or enclosing structure. More...

uterus - From the Latin word meaning "belly, womb." More...

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In the News

Bizarre Physics Phenomenon Suggests Objects Can Be Two Temperatures at Once

The famous thought experiment known as Schrödinger's cat implies that a cat in a box can be both dead and alive at the same time — a bizarre phenomenon that is a consequence of quantum mechanics. Now, physicists at the University of Exeter in England ... More...
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