Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, August 28, 2018)
Word of the Day

ad-lib

Definition:(adjective) Said or done without having been planned or written in advance.
Synonyms:spontaneous, unwritten
Usage: The bride's father made a few ad-lib remarks at the rehearsal dinner, and they turned out to be the most memorable and meaningful words of the night.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Adjuncts

Adjuncts are parts of a sentence that are used to elaborate on or modify other words or phrases in a sentence. Along with subjects, verbs, objects, and complements, adjuncts are one of the five main components of the structure of clauses. What is a distinguishing feature of adjuncts? More...
Article of the Day

The Tuskegee Experiments

One of the most shameful acts in the history of American medicine, the Tuskegee Syphilis Study allowed 400 African-American men with syphilis—mostly poor, uneducated tenant farmers—to go untreated for almost 40 years. Begun in 1932 and sponsored by the US government, the study deliberately withheld treatments—and later the cure—from participants in order to chart the course of untreated syphilis. The study was not shut down until press reports emerged in 1972. What happened in the aftermath? More...
This Day in History

Caleb Davis Bradham Begins Selling "Pepsi-Cola" (1898)

Bradham was a pharmacist who invented a soft drink made with kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils." He believed his drink aided digestion and renamed it "Pepsi-Cola" after the kola nut and pepsin, an enzyme that aids in digestion. In 1902, he incorporated the Pepsi-Cola Co, and, in 1931, the trademark and assets were bought by Charles Guth, who improved the formula and marketed a 12-ounce bottle for five cents with huge success. What did Bradham originally call his drink? More...
Today's Birthday

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Goethe was a German poet, dramatist, novelist, and scientist whose dramatic poem Faust is considered one of the world's greatest poetic and philosophic creations. In it, he represents Faust, the legendary scholar who sold his soul to the devil, tragically, as a singularly modern figure who is condemned to remain unsatisfied by life. In his later years, Goethe was celebrated as a sage and visited by world luminaries. Which of Goethe's novels is often called the first bildungsroman? More...
Quotation of the Day
It is as natural to die, as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful, as the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

the bigger they come, the harder they fall

Those who are exceptionally large, powerful, or influential will have more to lose when they fail, and their failure will be all the more dramatic or spectacular because of it. More...
Today's Holiday

Tomatina (2019)

Regardless of which legend one believes, what began in 1945 as a few tossed tomatoes as a show of disdain has developed into full-fledged tomato warfare in Buñol, Valencia, Spain, on the last Wednesday in August. Residents prepare for the impending food fight by protecting their storefronts and homes with plastic and donning special clothing. Thousands of pounds of tomatoes are trucked into town and dropped off at the Plaza del Pueblo, and the light-hearted battle commences. After the cleanup, celebrants continue to enjoy the festival's fireworks, parades, food, and music. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: hasty

hasting, hasty - An early-ripening fruit or vegetable is a hasting and such a food that ripens early is termed "hasty." More...

hasty pudding - An ancient dish of flour boiled in water to thick consistency, with milk or beer added afterwards. More...

festinate, festination - If something is hasty or hurried, it is festinate, and to festinate is to walk fast, make haste; festination is "haste, speed." More...

precipitous, precipitate - Precipitous, "hasty, sudden and dramatic," is used in relation to physical or natural objects; precipitate, "done with great haste," relates to human actions or processes. More...

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