Today's Highlights

Word of the Day

freewheeling

Definition:(adjective) Not concerned with or constrained by rules, conventions, or responsibilities.
Synonyms:devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky, harum-scarum, slaphappy, carefree
Usage: Enjoy your fun while you can because it won't be long before you have to bid farewell to your freewheeling lifestyle and settle down.
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

Shi

Shi is the Chinese word for "poetry" or "poem." As early poetry was often sung or chanted, folk poetry was adapted from song form into written shi by the Chinese literati. Some forms of shi include gushi, an ancient style with no formal constraints aside from line length and rhyme, and jintishi, a modern form regulated by tone patterns that emerged during the T'ang period, widely considered the golden age of Chinese poetry. What was the first collection of Chinese poetry? 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
No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

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: sediment

decant - Means to pour wine, taking pains not to disturb any sediment at the bottom; decant comes from Latin de- and canthus, "angular lip of a jug." More...

allogenic, allochthonous - Geological material that has been transported and then accumulates elsewhere is allochthonous, and sediment carried by a river is allogenic. More...

lithification - The process of compaction of sediment into stone. More...

swarve - To choke with sediment. More...

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