Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, December 15, 2018)
Word of the Day

abbess

Definition:(noun) The superior of a group of nuns.
Synonyms:mother superior, prioress
Usage: The abbess welcomed the novice to the convent with a warm smile, putting her immediately at ease.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Adverbial Complements and Sentence Placement

Adverbial complements always appear after the verb they complement. If the verb is intransitive, the complement will appear directly after the verb. If the verb is transitive, where will the complement appear? More...
Article of the Day

The Matchlock

Invented in the 15th century, the matchlock was the first mechanical device for igniting gunpowder and a major advance in small-arms manufacture. It consisted of an S-shaped arm designed to hold a lit match and a trigger that would lower it into a flash pan and ignite the priming powder that would then ignite the main charge. Though slow and rather clumsy, the matchlock allowed users to keep both hands on the weapon and both eyes on the target when firing. What eventually replaced the matchlock? More...
This Day in History

Jens Olsen's World Clock Is Started by Danish King Frederick IX (1955)

Originally a skilled locksmith, Jens Olsen learned the trade of clock-making and, in the 1920s, designed an exceedingly intricate astronomical clock made of more than 14,000 parts. Today displayed in Copenhagen City Hall, the clock shows not only the time and date but also lunar and solar eclipses and the positions of stars and planets. The complex clock took over a decade to assemble, and Olsen died before his masterpiece was finally set in motion by King Frederick IX. Who helped him start it? More...
Today's Birthday

Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (37 CE)

Nero became emperor of Rome by murdering his mother and step-brother. His respectful treatment of the Senate made him a popular emperor in the east, but his reign was marred by unemployment and a major revolt in Britain. After a fire ravaged Rome in 64 CE, he persecuted the Christians as scapegoats. With his reign in decline, Nero went on a murderous rampage, was condemned by the Senate, and chose suicide over execution. According to legend, Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. Is it true? More...
Quotation of the Day
Children have a natural antipathy to books--handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Idiom of the Day

incumbent (up)on (someone)

Imposed or expected as an obligation, duty, or requirement on someone. More...
Today's Holiday

Bill of Rights Day (2020)

The first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution of 1787—referred to collectively as the Bill of Rights—were ratified on December 15, 1791. This landmark document protected American citizens from specific abuses by their government and guaranteed such basic rights as the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of the press. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as Bill of Rights Day and called upon Americans to observe it with appropriate patriotic ceremonies. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: loud

happy-clappy - Refers to any Christian congregation that is extremely enthusiastic, loud, and musical. More...

stentor - Homer introduced Stentor, a very loud herald, in the Iliad—which gives us stentor, "person with a loud voice," and stentorian, which originally meant "loud, booming." More...

rodomontade - Meaning loud bragging, it got its name from Rodomonto, a loud bragging Moorish king of epics. More...

thersitical, clamant - To be thersitical is to be loudmouthed or foulmouthed; clamant is loud and insistent. More...

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