Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, January 8, 2021)
Word of the Day

enrapture

Definition:(verb) To fill with delight.
Synonyms:enchant, enthrall, ravish, transport
Usage: The Harry Potter books have enraptured millions of young readers.
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

Personal Space

Though personal space boundaries vary somewhat in different cultures, coming within about 3 feet (1 m) of a stranger is generally viewed as socially unacceptable. Intrusions into the area that an individual psychologically regards as their own can prompt strong emotional reactions. To cope in crowded environments, people may avoid acknowledging each other. Such reactions are thought to be governed by the amygdala, a region of the brain. What can happen to a person whose amygdala is damaged? More...
This Day in History

Crazy Horse's Last Stand: The Battle of Wolf Mountain (1877)

At the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876, American Indian forces led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull soundly defeated US Lt. Col. George Custer in what would come to be known as "Custer's Last Stand." Six months later, Crazy Horse made a final stand of his own. At Wolf Mountain in Montana, he and his men engaged US Cavalry forces in harsh winter weather, despite being outnumbered, weak, and starving. Though he had been prepared to negotiate peace, something changed his mind—what? More...
Today's Birthday

Carl Ransom Rogers (1902)

An influential American psychologist, Rogers is best known for having developed the technique of nondirective therapy, in which therapists refrain from offering advice or interpretation so as to allow clients to talk freely. By the 1960s, his method had been widely adopted, and Rogers became one of the best-known professionals in his field. His books include 1961's On Becoming a Person. According to Rogers, what are the characteristics of a fully functioning person living "the good life"? More...
Quotation of the Day
Guilt has very quick ears to an accusation.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

Idiom of the Day

Jill of all trades(, master of none)

A woman who is skilled in or adept at a wide variety of tasks or abilities (i.e., the female equivalent of "Jack of all trades"). If used with "master of none," it implies that while competent in a variety of things, she is not highly skilled in a particular one. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Gudula's Day (2021)

St. Gudula (or Gudule) is the patron saint of Brussels, Belgium. According to legend, Satan was so envious of her piety and influence among the people that he often tried to extinguish her lantern as she returned from midnight mass. But as she prayed for help, an angel would re-light the candle. Her relics were moved to Brussels in 978. Since 1047 they have remained in the church of St. Michael, thereafter called the Cathedral of St. Gudula. Her feast day is observed with great solemnity in Brussels, particularly at the cathedral that bears her name. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: prince

admiral - First used in English to mean "an emir or prince under the Sultan," coming from Arabic amir al, "commander of"; admiral was originally a sea lord due to the office of amir-al-bahr or amir-al-ma (Arabic), "ameer/emir of the sea." More...

prince - Derived from Latin princeps, "chief man" or "leading citizen." More...

tycoon - Comes from Japanese tai, "great," and kun, "prince, lord," from Chinese da, "great," and jun, "prince, ruler." More...

whipping boy - Meaning "scapegoat," the phrase derives from the boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter's misdeeds. More...

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