Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, July 27, 2016)
Word of the Day

edification

Definition:(noun) Intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
Synonyms:enlightenment
Usage: He knew very well that he must tell some story this evening for the edification of the company.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Present Perfect Tense with "For" and "Since"

In English, we use the present perfect simple with the prepositions "for" and "since" when we speak about something that started in the past and is still true now. "For" is used to specify the duration of time leading up to the present. When is "since" used? More...
Article of the Day

Homo Floresiensis

Since their discovery on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, small, hominid remains—labeled Homo floresiensis—have divided scientists into two camps. While some believe the remains are the bones of a modern human with a disorder that results in a smaller-than-average skull, others see them as evidence of a newly discovered species in the genus Homo that lived among modern humans and survived until as recently as 12,000 years ago. What arguments have been raised by both sides? 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
He was a bold man that first eat an oyster.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

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...

In the News

These Amazing Wild Birds Understand When People Call Them to Help Hunt for Honey

For thousands of years, humans have trained animals to help them. Today, pigs locate truffles. Dogs sniff for drugs. Dolphins detect underwater mines. But working in partnership with an untrained wild animal is another thing altogether. It's so rare ... More...
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