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

Declension with Adverbs

We can inflect adverbs when we want to compare the degree to which two actions are performed (comparative adverbs), or to identify the highest degree of how an action is performed (superlative adverbs). What is the progression of inflection for adverbs known as? 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

Collinwood School Fire (1908)

In one of the deadliest disasters of its kind in the United States, 172 children and three adults were killed when an elementary school caught fire in Collinwood, Ohio. Though the building's doors opened outward, they were fitted with regular door latches instead of panic bars, which hindered the evacuation. As the conflagration rapidly spread, many children became trapped. Within two years of the disaster, residents of Collinwood voted to make what dramatic change to their community? More...
Today's Birthday

Jack Sheppard (1702)

A popular English criminal who served as the basis for the character Macheath in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Sheppard was arrested and imprisoned five times in 1724 alone. The first four times, he escaped. The fifth time, he was executed. Because his crimes were all non-violent, he was well liked, especially by the lower classes, and he became a fixture in the folklore of the era. His execution resembled a party, with the 22-year-old stopping to do what on his way to the gallows? 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

put the hammer down

To press down the accelerator (of an automobile) as far as possible; to accelerate to or travel at an automobile's maximum speed. Primarily heard in US. More...
Today's Holiday

Bahrain Spring of Culture (2022)

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: toss

fungo - A baseball drill in which a batter tosses a ball in the air and hits it as it descends, probably from Scottish fung, "to pitch, toss, fling." More...

jactitating, jactitation, jactation - If you toss and turn at night, you are jactitating; jactitation or jactation is restless tossing or twitching. More...

saute - A form of French sauter, it means "to leap or cause to toss." More...

walk - First meant "roll," "toss," or "move about; go"—from Old English wealcan, "to roll." More...

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