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

Last Recorded Eruption of Mount Fuji Begins (1707)

Majestic Mount Fuji, located about 60 mi (100 km) from Tokyo, is the tallest mountain in Japan. The beauty of the snowcapped symmetrical cone, ringed by lakes and virgin forests, has inspired Japanese poets and painters throughout the centuries. Though the volcano is classified as active, its last major eruption began on December 16, 1707, and ended in early 1708. As a sacred mountain, Mount Fuji is a traditional pilgrimage site, but the Aokigahara forest at its base is a popular site for what? More...
Today's Birthday

Margaret Mead (1901)

A prolific writer and avid speaker, anthropologist Margaret Mead was instrumental in popularizing the anthropological concept of culture in the US. Though many later anthropologists have questioned both the accuracy of her observations and the soundness of her conclusions, she remains highly regarded for her many contributions to the field. Over the course of her career, Mead made numerous field trips to observe the peoples of Oceania. What honor was awarded to her posthumously? 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

(Go) tell it/that to Sweeney!

dated A scornful or incredulous response to a story or statement that one does not believe or finds ridiculous. More...
Today's Holiday

Posadas (2018)

This nine-day Christmas celebration in Mexico commemorates the journey Mary and Joseph (the parents of Jesus) took to Bethlehem. Reenacting their search for shelter (posada in Spanish) in which Jesus might be born, a group of "pilgrims" will knock on someone's door and ask the owner to let them in. The master of the house finally invites them to enter and the Posadas party begins. The children are blindfolded and given a chance to break the piñata by swinging at it with a stick. The posadas are repeated for nine evenings, the last occurring on Christmas Eve. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: production

arborization - The production of a treelike structure. More...

Broca's area - An area of the brain involved with the production of speech; it was named after P. Paul Broca, a French surgeon. More...

economic, economical - Economic means "pertaining to the production and use of income," and economical is "avoiding waste, being careful of resources." More...

value-added tax - A tax levied on the difference between a commodity's price before taxes and its cost of production. More...

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