Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 4, 2015)
Word of the Day

potentate

Definition:(noun) One who has the power and position to rule over others.
Synonyms:dictator
Usage: She was a potentate in her home, all her relatives being too cowed to protest her decisions.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Voice

Voice, also known as diathesis, is a grammatical feature that describes the relationship between the verb and the subject (also called the agent) in a sentence. What are the two main types of voice? More...
Article of the Day

Cuckoo Clocks

A cuckoo clock is a wall or shelf clock that announces intervals of time with a sound imitative of a cuckoo's call and often with the simultaneous emergence of a mechanical bird from a small door. An Augsburg nobleman by the name of Philipp Hainhofer penned the first known description of a cuckoo clock in 1629. What region in southwest Germany boasts a strong clockmaking tradition that started in the late 17th century? More...
This Day in History

The 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
There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.

Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

Idiom of the Day

make a run for (someone or something)

To run suddenly and at great speed toward someone or something. More...
Today's Holiday

Bridge Crossing Jubilee (2018)

This annual event in Selma, Alabama, commemorates "Bloody Sunday," which occurred on March 7, 1965, when a group of African-American marchers were beaten by police. Every year on the first weekend in March, the Bridge Crossing Jubilee commemorates both the bloody confrontation at the Pettus Bridge and the march from Selma to Montgomery that followed. Events include a parade, a Miss Jubilee Pageant, a mock trial, and a commemorative march to the bridge. Every five years, celebrants continue all the way to Montgomery. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: suggestion

suggest - To suggest something is, etymologically, to "carry it under," from Latin sub-, "under" and gerere, "bring, carry." More...

addubitation - The suggestion of a doubt. More...

lonely, lonesome, forlorn, desolate - Lonely adds to solitary a suggestion of longing for companionship, while lonesome heightens the suggestion of sadness; forlorn and desolate are even more isolated and sad. More...

suggestion - Started out as "prompting to evil, temptation by the devil." More...

In the News

"Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" the Newest Spiders

Two gorgeous new species of peacock spiders nicknamed "Skeletorus" and "Sparklemuffin" have been discovered in Australia, according to a new report. Set aside your fears, arachnophobes ... More...
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