Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, July 27, 2015)
Word of the Day

stripling

Definition:(noun) A juvenile between the onset of puberty and maturity.
Synonyms:adolescent, teenager
Usage: He appeared on a jutting headland by the shore of the fruitless sea, seeming like a stripling in the first flush of manhood.
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

Thomas Cook

Cook was an English travel agent who, in 1841, founded the travel agency that bears his name. After his idea of the guided tour met with success, he established his Circular Tour of Europe and, later, tours of the US. The company was nationalized in 1948, but it went into decline when it failed to offer the "package holiday" that had recently gained popularity. The agency has been owned by private companies since 1972. Cook's agency began arranging travel to what exotic destination in the 1880s? 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
I prefer rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest.

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

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

Doctors in China Save Man's Severed Hand by Grafting It to His Leg

A man in China may regain use of his hand after it was cut off in an industrial accident. Even more amazing is how the doctors saved the man's hand: They grafted it onto his leg. The man, who has been identified as Mr. Zhou, lost his entire left ... More...
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