Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, March 3, 2020)
Word of the Day

flagellation

Definition:(noun) Beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment.
Synonyms:flogging, lashing, tanning
Usage: The poor servant boy bore the scars of flagellation, which was his master's preferred punishment for nearly any infraction.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Rules for Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns. There is no clear-cut rule that determines which prepositions connect to which nouns, but we can make an educated guess by looking at what? More...
Article of the Day

Count Alessandro di Cagliostro

Born Giuseppe Balsamo, Cagliostro was an 18th-century charlatan and adventurer. He roamed Europe posing as a physician, alchemist, mesmerist, necromancer, and Freemason and claimed to know the secrets of the philosopher's stone and other potions. Once well-regarded in the court of King Louis XVI, he was banished following a scandal and returned to his native Italy. There, the Inquisition charged him with heresy and sorcery and imprisoned him for life. What had led to his banishment from France? More...
This Day in History

Japan Attacks Australia (1942)

In aviation's early days, the pearling port of Broome in Western Australia served as a refueling point for planes flying between the Dutch East Indies—now Indonesia—and inland Australia. Therefore, when Japan invaded Java during World War II, the Allied evacuation route for Dutch refugees included a stop in Broome. On March 3, 1942, Japanese fighter planes attacked Broome, destroying upwards of 20 Allied aircraft, some of which were loaded with refugees at the time. How many died? More...
Today's Birthday

Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962)

Considered one of the finest female athletes in history, Joyner-Kersee is an American track and field star. She medaled at four consecutive Summer Olympics, taking home a total of three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. She won gold in the 1988 Olympic heptathlon and repeated this feat in 1992, becoming the first heptathlete ever to have consecutive Olympic wins. She is also the first heptathlon competitor ever to top 7,000 points. Who is the current heptathlon world record holder? More...
Quotation of the Day
How gladly would I meet
Mortality my sentence, and be earth
Insensible! how glad would lay me down
As in my mother's lap!

John Milton (1608-1674)

Idiom of the Day

put in (one's) two cents' worth

To share one's opinion or point of view for whatever it may be worth, generally when it is unasked for. More...
Today's Holiday

Malawi Martyrs' Day (2022)

March 3 is celebrated as a national holiday in Malawi honoring the political heroes who gave their lives in the struggle against British colonialism. On March 3, 1959, British forces arrested prominent Malawian nationalists and other dissidents, precipitating the deaths of more than 20 demonstrators. In total, 51 were killed, over 1,300 were detained, and many more were wounded. Malawians often attend church services on March 3 and offer prayers for departed freedom fighters. In addition, Radio Malawi plays tribute music to remember those martyred during the 1959 crisis in Central Africa. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: joining

apse - From Latin apsis, meaning "fastening together," it is based on the notion that a vaulted space seems to be the joining together of arcs to form a circle. More...

syssarcosis - The joining of two or more bones by muscle. More...

couple - Its underlying notion is of "joining," coming from Latin copula, "connection, tie." More...

conjugal - From Latin conjugare, "join together (in marriage)"—from com-, "together," and jugare, "yoke"—it has an underlying notion of "joining together." More...

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