Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, November 10, 2019)
Word of the Day

blather

Definition:(verb) To talk foolishly.
Synonyms:smatter, babble
Usage: Patrick, oblivious to his sister's visible disinterest, continued to blather about the woes of his fantasy baseball team.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using Prepositions with Nouns

Certain prepositions can be used in conjunction with nouns to connect, emphasize, or provide clarification for ideas expressed in sentences. In this combination, the preposition always comes directly after the noun. What are some of the most common prepositions used with nouns? More...
Article of the Day

The Sphinx

The sphinx was a mythical beast of ancient Egypt, usually represented in sculpture in a recumbent position with the head of a man and the body of a lion. The most famous of these is the Great Sphinx at Giza, built around 2500 BCE and considered by the ancients as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In Greek mythology, a sphinx poses a version of this famous riddle to Oedipus: "What walks on four feet in the morning, on two at noon, and on three in the evening?" What is the answer? More...
This Day in History

Mary Anderson Patents the Windshield Wiper (1903)

Today we take for granted the fact that we are able to flip a switch and clear our windshields of precipitation or debris, but this was not always the case. Early drivers were forced to manually clear their windshields of snow, rain, dirt, and the like, that is, until Mary Anderson invented the first effective windshield wiper system. It was not long before windshield wipers were standard equipment on American cars. What inspired Anderson to invent a windshield-clearing device? More...
Today's Birthday

Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (1433)

Charles the Bold was the last of the great dukes of Burgundy. An opponent of Louis XI of France, Charles sought independence for Burgundy and had great success casting off French rule, extending Burgundy's possessions and building a centralized government until he was defeated and killed in battle against the Swiss. Prior to his death, he arranged for his daughter to marry the son of Holy Roman Emperor Frederick III. How did this pairing affect the course of European history? More...
Quotation of the Day
God...doth hang the greatest weights upon the smallest wires.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Idiom of the Day

no one in his/her/their right mind would (do something)

No one who is sane would consider doing something; someone would have to be crazy to do something. (In this case, "their" is used as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.) More...
Today's Holiday

St. Martin's Eve (2021)

Traditionally, children in Estonia go from door to door at dusk on St. Martin's Eve in much the same way that American children trick-or-treat on Halloween. If they are not welcomed into the house and given treats, they retaliate by singing rude and uncomplimentary songs. Usually, they are ushered into the kitchen, where such delicacies as apples, nuts, cookies, and raisin bread are handed out. Turnips are another prized gift, as is viljandi kama, a kind of meal comprised of grains and dried vegetables mixed with sour milk, sugar, and cream that is regarded as a special treat. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: judge

affidavit, deponent - An affidavit (literally, "he has stated on oath") is taken by a judge, while the deponent swears, makes, or takes an affidavit. More...

arbiter - Latin for "judge, supreme ruler." More...

arbitrate - Can mean "give an authoritative decision" (from Latin arbiter). More...

judge - From Latin jus, "law," and dicere, "to say." More...

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