Daily Content Archive

(as of Wednesday, March 10, 2021)
Word of the Day

precipitancy

Definition:(noun) The quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning.
Synonyms:suddenness, abruptness
Usage: "I hope there will be no women besides our own party," Lady Bareacres said, after reflecting upon the invitation which had been made, and accepted with too much precipitancy.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using the Past Perfect

If we are highlighting that the action or event in the past perfect tense came before another action or event, this second verb is often (but not always) in the past simple tense. The past perfect can appear in a sentence either before or after a later action or event. Regardless of its position, what does the past perfect always refer to? More...
Article of the Day

Corsned: The Morsel of Execration

In Anglo-Saxon times, the corsned was a common "trial by ordeal" in which an accused person was given a chance to prove their innocence by undergoing a physical test—in the case of the corsned, swallowing a small piece of bread or cheese. If the morsel of food—which had been blessed by a priest—stuck in the throat of the accused, it was taken as a sure sign of guilt. History records at least one instance of that very outcome. What common phrases may have originally referenced the corsned? More...
This Day in History

Rome Crushes Carthage at the Battle of the Aegates Islands (241 BCE)

The Roman navy's decisive victory over the Carthaginians at the Battle of the Aegates Islands brought about the end of the decades-long First Punic War. The Carthaginian fleet involved in the battle had come to deliver supplies to besieged forces in Sicily. Overloaded with provisions, the Carthaginian vessels were easily overtaken by the Romans despite winds favoring the former. What bold tactical decision allowed the Romans to overcome this obstacle and defeat the Carthaginians? More...
Today's Birthday

Kate Sheppard (1847)

The most prominent member of New Zealand's suffrage movement, Sheppard helped make her country the first nation to grant women the right to vote. She was also active in the temperance movement, which sought to achieve its goals by promoting woman's suffrage. Today, Sheppard's image appears on New Zealand's 10-pound note, and she is honored in a monument at Christchurch. Immediately after women's suffrage was granted in 1893, Sheppard embarked on a frantic, 10-week effort to do what? More...
Quotation of the Day
All rising to great place is by a winding stair.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") More...
Today's Holiday

Commonwealth Day (2021)

From 1903 until 1957, this holiday in honor of the British Empire was known as Empire Day and celebrated on May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday. Between 1958 and 1966, it was called British Commonwealth Day. Then it was switched to Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday in June, and the name was shortened to Commonwealth Day. It is now observed annually on the second Monday in March. In Canada it is still celebrated on May 24 (or the Monday before) and referred to as Victoria Day. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: reject

discard - First meant "throw out or reject a card from a hand." More...

eighty-six - "Reject, discard"—may be rhyming slang for "nix." More...

quash - From Latin quatere, "shake," it generally means "reject as invalid, especially by legal procedure," or "put an end to; suppress." More...

reprove - To reject or express disapproval of something. More...

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