Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, March 20, 2020)
Word of the Day

noncompliance

Definition:(noun) The failure to obey.
Synonyms:disobedience
Usage: After seemingly ignoring her boss's requests for months, Sue was finally fired for noncompliance.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Defining Linking Verbs

Linking verbs are used to describe the state of being of the subject of a clause. Unlike action verbs, they connect the subject to the predicate of the clause without expressing any action. What are linking verbs also known as? More...
Article of the Day

The Sacrificial Tripod

The sacrificial tripod was a type of altar used by the ancient Greeks, the most famous of which belonged to the Oracle of Delphi and was devoted to the god Apollo. Seated on the ornate golden tripod, the priestess of the temple would utter prophesies in a frenzied trance. In Greek mythology, Heracles once attempted to take the tripod from the temple and was stopped by Apollo, to whom the tripod was sacred. According to Homer, tripods were often given as gifts to whom? More...
This Day in History

Ian Ball Attempts to Kidnap Princess Anne (1974)

Intending to kidnap Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter and collect a £2 million ransom, Ball attacked Princess Anne's chauffeur-driven limousine as it returned to Buckingham Palace. He shot the chauffeur, two policemen, and a passerby who tried to intervene, but Anne got away with the help of another passerby. Ball was then captured. His victims recovered, and all six who tried to help Anne were awarded medals. What was Anne's famously feisty retort when Ball ordered her out of the car? More...
Today's Birthday

Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (1957)

Lee is an American filmmaker whose movies often celebrate the richness of African-American culture and address problems such as racism, sexism, and addiction. Lee first gained recognition with his New York University graduation film in 1982. He went on to make Do the Right Thing, which presented the complexities and tensions of interracial relations, and Malcolm X, a biopic about the African-American leader. Why do many blame him for a New York Knicks loss in the 1994 playoffs? More...
Quotation of the Day
Wealth should not be seized...for if a man take great wealth violently and perforce, or if he steal it through his tongue, as often happens when gain deceives men's sense and dishonor tramples down honor, the gods soon blot him out and make that man's house low, and wealth attends him only for a little time.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC)

Idiom of the Day

have a hankering for (something)

To have a very strong, persistent desire or craving for something. More...
Today's Holiday

Burning of the Socks (2020)

This pungent event takes place in Eastport (a suburb of Annapolis), Maryland, on the day of the Vernal Equinox. The burning of the socks began in the mid-1970s when a man named Bob Turner, upon leaving his job at the boatyard on the first day of spring, decided to burn his socks in tribute to the coming warmer weather. Turner's personal custom caught on with others and became a local tradition. The Eastport Yacht Club now organizes the yearly event at which people drink beer, eat oysters, and burn socks, all in the name of driving away winter and welcoming spring. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reflection

epiphonema - An exclamatory sentence or reflection summing up a discourse. More...

rainbow - Comes from Old Norse regnbogi (becoming Old English renboga, ren, "rain," and boga, "bend, bow") and is a bow or arch of the colors of the prism that is formed in the sky opposite to the sun by the reflection, double refraction, and dispersion of the sun's rays in falling drops of rain. More...

sheet lightning - Appears as a broad sheetlike illumination of parts of a thundercloud, caused by the reflection of a lightning flash. More...

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