Daily Content Archive

(as of Friday, November 23, 2018)
Word of the Day

cerement

Definition:(noun) Burial garment in which a corpse is wrapped.
Synonyms:winding-clothes, pall, shroud
Usage: The ghost of Athelstane himself would burst his bloody cerements and stand before us to forbid such dishonor to his memory.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Prepositions of Agency

A preposition of agency describes a person or a thing that has caused or is causing something to occur. Sentences containing prepositions of agency are usually written in the passive voice and employ which two prepositions? More...
Article of the Day

The De Havilland Vampire

The de Havilland Vampire, which made its maiden flight in September 1943, was the first Royal Air Force fighter with a top speed exceeding 500 mph (805 km/h). Although it never saw service during World War II—it was still in development at the war's end—it is credited with a number of aviation firsts, including becoming the first jet to take off from and land on an aircraft carrier and to fly across the Atlantic. Which major Western powers were the only ones not to use this type of aircraft? More...
This Day in History

Dr. Crippen Hanged for Wife's Murder (1910)

More than 100 years after Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged for the alleged murder, dismemberment, and basement burial of his second wife, the controversial case continues to captivate. The case is compelling not only because it is so gruesome but also because Crippen became an international fugitive, fleeing with his lover aboard a Canada-bound ocean liner, and was the first criminal apprehended with the help of radiotelegraphy. What new evidence has called Crippen's guilt into question? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfonso the Wise, King of Castile and León (1221)

Alfonso X, son and successor of Ferdinand III, sought to become Holy Roman Emperor but eventually renounced his claim due to Spanish antagonism and papal opposition. He crushed revolts by Muslims in 1252 and nobles in 1254, but once his eldest son was killed while fighting the Moors in 1275, civil war for succession broke out between Ferdinand's children and Alfonso's second son, who succeeded him as Sancho IV. Why is Alfonso depicted in the House of Representatives chamber of the US Capitol? More...
Quotation of the Day
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Idiom of the Day

of no account

Of no or very little importance, significance, or worth. More...
Today's Holiday

Repudiation Day (2021)

The Stamp Act of 1765 forced the American colonies to pay a tax on various official documents and publications, such as legal papers, liquor permits, lawyers' licenses, and school diplomas. In defiance of the new law, the court of Frederick County, Maryland, declared that it would carry on its business without the tax stamps required by the Act. The date on which the Stamp Act was repudiated, November 23, has been observed for many years as a half-holiday in Frederick County to commemorate this courageous act. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: linen

sash - From Arabic shash, first a roll of silk, linen, or gauze worn about the head, a turban. More...

lingerie - Entered English meaning "linen articles collectively," from French linge, "linen." More...

linsey-woolsey - First a cloth woven from linen and wool, the phrase was altered for the sake of a jingling sound. More...

taffeta - Goes back to Persian taftah, "silken cloth, linen clothing." More...

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