Daily Content Archive

(as of Thursday, March 18, 2021)
Word of the Day

cock-a-hoop

Definition:(adjective) Exhibiting self-importance.
Synonyms:boastful, braggart, crowing, self-aggrandizing, big
Usage: I didn't mean to be cock-a-hoop about my promotion, but I couldn't help telling everyone I encountered!
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Complements

Complements are words or groups of words that are necessary to complete the meaning of another part of the sentence. Complements act like modifiers to add additional meaning to the word or words they are attached to. Are complements always part of the subject or the predicate? More...
Article of the Day

"They Shall Not Pass!"

The phrase "they shall not pass" has been used in several languages to express fortitude in defending a position against the enemy. Its most famous use was by French General Robert Nivelle in World War I during the Battle of Verdun. The Spanish "no pasarán" became an international communist slogan after it was used in 1936 by an antifascist leader in Spain defending against nationalist forces laying siege to Madrid. How did the nationalist leader allegedly respond upon taking the city? More...
This Day in History

Landmark US Supreme Court Decision Guarantees Right to Counsel (1963)

After he was accused of breaking into a bar in Florida in 1961, Clarence Gideon was unable to afford a lawyer and was forced to defend himself. Sentenced to five years in prison, he had ample time to study the law, and he began petitioning the courts with the claim that his right to legal counsel had been violated. In 1963, the US Supreme Court agreed with him, establishing that state courts were required to provide attorneys for poor defendants. What happened when Gideon was retried? More...
Today's Birthday

Edgar Cayce (1877)

Cayce was an American folk healer and purported "psychic diagnostician" who popularized the idea of reincarnation. He received little formal education before setting off to wander the US, performing thousands of "life readings" and spreading his ideas as he went. He eventually settled in Virginia and set up a hospital to treat people with the aid of psychic messages he claimed to receive. He also prophesized, claimed to recall past lives, and wrote extensively about what legendary civilization? More...
Quotation of the Day
Adam was but human—this explains it all. He did not want the apple for the apple's sake; he wanted it only because it was forbidden.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Idiom of the Day

let down (one's) hair

To cease acting formally or conservatively; to let go of one's inhibitions or reservations. More...
Today's Holiday

Sheelah's Day (2021)

Even the Irish aren't exactly sure who Sheelah was. Some say she was St. Patrick's wife; some say his mother. But one thing that they all seem to agree on is how this day should be celebrated: by drinking whiskey. The shamrock worn on St. Patrick's Day is supposed to be worn on the following day as well, until it is "drowned" in the last glass of the evening. If someone should drop his shamrock into his glass and drink it before the "drowning ceremony" takes place, he has no choice but to get a fresh shamrock and another glass. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: pea

peanut - Takes its name from its resemblance to peas in a pod and has these synonyms: pinda, goober, groundnut, ground pea, earthnut, and monkey nut; "peanut" appeared in the early 19th century. It is not a nut but a legume (pea). More...

pisiform - Shaped like a pea. More...

pease - The early English singular for pea. More...

peasecod - Another word for the pod of the pea. More...

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