Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, June 17, 2016)
Word of the Day

clairvoyant

Definition:(adjective) Having the supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses.
Synonyms:precognitive, second-sighted
Usage: An advertisement marked "fortune-teller" listed the abilities of a supposedly clairvoyant woman.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Primary Auxiliary Verbs

The "primary" auxiliary verbs are "be," "have," and "do"—they occur most commonly in English. What is the emphatic "do"? More...
Article of the Day

William Kemmler's 8-Minute Execution

In 1890, William Kemmler became the first person to be executed via electric chair after murdering his wife with a hatchet. Appeals on the grounds that electrocution was "cruel and unusual punishment" were opposed by Thomas Edison, who allegedly wanted to use the electric chair to convince people that alternating current electricity was dangerous. Witnesses reported that Kemmler's last words were "Take it easy and do it properly, I'm in no hurry." What was Warden Charles Durston's reply? More...
This Day in History

The Battle of Bunker Hill (1775)

Early in the American Revolution and soon after the battles of Lexington and Concord, colonial troops laid siege to Boston. When they began occupying hills overlooking the city, newly reinforced British troops attacked. After two failed assaults, a third charge dislodged the Americans, who had run out of gunpowder. Though the British technically won, their unexpectedly heavy casualties were a psychological blow, and American morale soared. On what hill was the battle actually fought—and why? More...
Today's Birthday

Edward I of England, AKA Edward Longshanks (1239)

Edward became king upon the death of his father, Henry III, in 1272 but was not crowned until he returned from a crusade two years later. His 35-year reign was characterized by constant warfare, including long and costly campaigns to conquer Wales and Scotland. It was a struggle to fund these endeavors, and he did so, in part, by exploiting the Jews under his rule. Finally, in 1290, he expelled them from England and seized their property. For how long did his Edict of Expulsion remain in effect? More...
Quotation of the Day
Every woman is supposed to have the same set of motives, or else to be a monster.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

live in an/(one's) ivory tower

To reside or exist in a place or among a social circle that is characterized by effete academic intelligence and thus is out of touch with or aloof from the realities of life. More...
Today's Holiday

Bunker Hill Day (2021)

Observed primarily in Boston, Massachusetts, Bunker Hill Day commemorates the Revolutionary War battle of June 1775 between 2,200 British troops and half that number of Americans. It was, in fact, Breed's Hill that was fortified, not nearby Bunker Hill, and that is where the British attacked the rebels three times. Although the Americans were driven from their fortification and lost some 450 men, it has always been looked upon as one of the great heroic battles of the Revolution. A 221-foot granite obelisk in Charlestown, north of Boston, marks the site of battle. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: merchandise

bale - A package of merchandise. More...

avoirdupois weight, Imperial weight - Avoirdupois or Imperial weight is commonly used to measure food, people, and merchandise. More...

emporeutic - Means pertaining to merchandise or to trade. More...

merchant, merchandise - Merchant and merchandise come from Latin mercari, "to trade." More...

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