Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 4, 2020)
Word of the Day

clepsydra

Definition:(noun) Clock that measures time by the escape of water.
Synonyms:water clock, water glass
Usage: The Wicked Witch dared not use a clepsydra, as its contents could destroy her.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions and Indirect Objects

Some transitive verbs are able to take both direct objects and indirect objects (people or things that receive the direct object of the verb). If a verb is capable of taking an indirect object, that person or thing appears immediately after the verb and before the direct object. We can also place it after the direct object with the preposition "to," in which case it is no longer a true indirect object but what? More...
Article of the Day

The Divine Right of Kings

The divine right of kings is the belief that kings derive their right to rule by the will of God—regardless of the approval of any earthly authority. According to this doctrine, the king's authority is inherited from his ancestors, whom God appointed to rule. Because such a king answers only to God, resistance to him is seen as sinful. James I of England strongly promoted the concept in the early 1600s, and the coronation ceremony for British monarchs still contains what hints of the doctrine? More...
This Day in History

Charlie Chaplin Is Knighted (1975)

Though he spent most of his career in the US, British-born silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin never applied for citizenship. The US took advantage of this fact in 1952, while Chaplin was overseas, revoking his re-entry permit over his alleged Communist ties. His political leanings, as well as his many affairs with young women, nearly cost him a knighthood, but after decades of debate, he was finally knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. What was stolen from Chaplin's grave shortly after his death? More...
Today's Birthday

Miriam Makeba (1932)

Nicknamed "Mama Africa," Makeba was a Grammy Award-winning singer and activist. In 1963, after she testified against apartheid before the UN, South Africa revoked her citizenship and right to return to the country. She settled in the US, where her musical career flourished, then moved to Guinea after being criticized for marrying a Black Panther. She remained in exile for 30 years, finally returning to her homeland in 1990 at the end of apartheid. Why did she spend six months in jail as a baby? More...
Quotation of the Day
If I had followed my better judgment always, my life would have been a very dull one.

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950)

Idiom of the Day

a hard pill to swallow

Something, especially a fact or piece of news, that is unpleasant or difficult but which is unavoidable or must be accepted. More...
Today's Holiday

Bahrain Spring of Culture (2020)

In recent decades, the government organizations of Bahrain have worked toward making its national arts program as robust as its oil industry. The Spring of Culture Festival, held every March in the capital city of Manama, helps fulfill this cultural mission and promotes tourism to the country. Thanks to its reputation as a meeting place between the East and the West, Spring of Culture is able to attract performers from all over the world. National, regional, and international artists converge on Manama to perform poetry readings, music, theater, and dance. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: sunset

occultation - One of its meanings is "the disappearance from view of a star or planet in the sun's rays after sunset or before sunrise, when the star or planet is above the horizon." More...

acronical - Means happening at sunset or twilight. More...

antitwilight - The sky's pink or purple glow after sunset. More...

evening - Its Old English base meant "grow towards night," as evening extends from sunset to dark. More...

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