Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, October 22, 2019)
Word of the Day

gormandize

Definition:(verb) Overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself.
Synonyms:binge, glut, gorge, ingurgitate, overeat, overindulge, pig out, scarf out, satiate, stuff
Usage: After June all the little Court Society of Pumpernickel used to ... make for a hundred watering-places, where they drank at the wells, … rushed with hundreds of their kind to gormandize at the tables d'hote, and idled away the summer.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Possessive Determiners vs. Possessive Personal Pronouns

Possessive determiners are often confused with possessive personal pronouns ("mine," "yours," "his," "hers," "its," "ours," "theirs") since some of the forms overlap. How do possessive pronouns differ from possessive determiners? More...
Article of the Day

Prepulse Inhibition

Prepulse inhibition is a neurological phenomenon in which a weaker pre-stimulus—a prepulse—inhibits the reaction of an organism to a subsequent startling stimulus. The reduction of the startle reflex reflects the ability of the nervous system to adapt to a strong sensory stimulus when a preceding weaker signal provides it advance warning. The phenomenon has been detected in numerous species, including humans. Disruption of prepulse inhibition has been reported in patients with what diseases? More...
This Day in History

The Scilly Naval Disaster (1707)

Celebrated English Admiral Cloudesley Shovell was returning from an abortive attack on Toulon, France, in 1707 when his ship and several others struck rocks off the Scilly Islands, southwest of England. In one of the greatest maritime disasters in British history, Shovell is believed to have drowned along with as many as 2,000 sailors. According to one of the many legends about the disaster, Shovell reached the shore alive, only to be murdered by a woman who stole what priceless object from him? More...
Today's Birthday

Doris Lessing (1919)

Lessing is a British writer and winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature. Born in Iran, she moved with her family to a farm in what was Southern Rhodesia in 1924 and lived there until 1949, when she settled in England and began her writing career. Her work often addresses social and political themes, particularly the place of women in society. The Golden Notebook, her most widely read novel, is considered a feminist classic, although Lessing herself has said what about feminists? More...
Quotation of the Day
She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older—the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Idiom of the Day

don't go there

Don't get into that topic of conversation; I don't want to talk about that. Used humorously, the phrase usually implies that the speaker has a potentially scandalous, sensitive, or otherwise complicated association with the topic. More...
Today's Holiday

Simchat Torah (2019)

This Jewish holiday, which follows Sukkot, celebrates the annual completion of the public reading of the Torah and the beginning of a new reading cycle. The hand-lettered scrolls of the Torah are removed from the Ark (a box-like container) and paraded around the synagogue amidst singing and dancing. Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the law," which is as good a description as any of what takes place on this day. To be chosen to read the final verses of the last book, Deuteronomy, or to read the opening verses of the first book, Genesis, is considered a great honor. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sent

coals to Newcastle - Something brought or sent to a place where it is already plentiful; it is a reference to the English town of Newcastle upon Tyne, historically a major coal exporter. More...

envoy - Pronounced EN-voy, it literally means "sent on one's way." More...

epistle - From Greek epistole, "something sent to someone." More...

India ink - Originally applied to Chinese and Japanese pigments made into solid blocks and sent to Europe through India. More...

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