Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, June 8, 2016)
Word of the Day

threnody

Definition:(noun) A poem or song of mourning or lamentation.
Synonyms:coronach, dirge, requiem, lament
Usage: He had made all the plans for his funeral, choosing and purchasing a casket and even selecting the threnody he wanted played.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Past Tense

The past tense is used to describe or indicate an action that began in the past. There are four forms of the past tense that can accomplish these tasks. What are they? More...
Article of the Day

The Praetorian Guard

Initially used for the protection of Roman generals, the Praetorian Guard became the emperor's personal guard during the rule of Augustus, first leader of the Roman Empire. Upon his death in 14 CE, however, the Guard began to use its military strength to enforce its own political agenda. Soon, it moved into Rome, where it assassinated emperors, bullied its own prefects, and fought vicious street battles against Roman citizens. Which emperor finally succeeded in fully disbanding the Guard? More...
This Day in History

US Postal Service's First and Only Delivery of "Missile Mail" (1959)

In 1959, the US Navy assisted the US Post Office Department—predecessor of today's US Postal Service—in its search for a faster form of mail transportation. The USPS tried its first and only delivery of "missile mail" when a Navy submarine fired a guided cruise missile containing 3,000 pieces of mail off the Florida coast. Twenty-two minutes later, the missile landed at a naval station in Mayport, Florida. What bold claims did the postmaster general make about missile mail at the time? More...
Today's Birthday

Lena Baker (1901)

Baker was an African-American maid who was executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945 for killing her employer, Ernest Knight. The only woman ever executed by electrocution in Georgia, Baker was fully pardoned 60 years after her death. At her trial, she claimed that Knight had imprisoned her and threatened to shoot her if she attempted to leave, so she had taken his gun and shot him in self defense. Her trial was presided over by Judge William "Two Gun" Worrill and lasted how long? More...
Quotation of the Day
I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Idiom of the Day

hold up (one's) end (of the bargain)

To fulfill or attend to one's obligation(s) or promise(s) as agreed; to do one's agreed part in some arrangement. More...
Today's Holiday

Luilak (2019)

Luilak, or Lazybones Day, is a youth festival celebrated in Zaandam, Haarlem, Amsterdam, and other towns in the western Netherlands. The celebration begins at four o'clock in the morning on the Saturday before Pentecost, when groups of young people awaken their neighbors by whistling, banging on pots and pans, and ringing doorbells. Any boys or girls who refuse to get up and join the noisemaking are referred to as Luilak, or "Lazybones." In Haarlem, Luilak marks the opening of the celebrated Whitsun flower market in the Grote Markt at midnight. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: helmet

crest - From Latin crista, "plume, tuft," it first referred to the erect feathers of a plume on a helmet or headdress. More...

panache - Can be a tuft or plume of feathers on a headdress or helmet. More...

coif, coiffure, coiffeur - Coif, coiffure, and coiffeur (hairdo, hairstyle) derive from Latin cofia, "helmet." More...

galeated - Means "shaped like a helmet" or "wearing a helmet." More...

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