Beware the Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”

From a favorite Trivia site:

Join the vanguard

star-trek-voyager-shipOur word for the day is vanguard, which I heard on an episode of Star Trek- Voyager.

By the way, if you’ve heard a word you like, or one that made you stop and look it up, please share your treasures with us on this thread!



vanguard1Vanguard is a noun with three meanings:

  1. the front part of an advancing army
  2. the forefront in any field.



intellectual-woman1The third meaning is one I hadn’t heard applied before! It also means:

the leaders of any intellectual or political movement.



dictionary-genericEtymology: [1480–90; earlier van(d)gard(e) < Middle French avangarde, variant of avant-garde]


A diverse bag with sundry items

misc-word1According to a lovely new website I just found, the word miscellaneous “comes from the Latin word miscere, meaning “to mix.” You might have heard the expression “a mixed bag,” which applies when you don’t quite know what you’re going to get. That’s true of a bag of miscellaneous objects, too. You might pull out socks and a stick of butter — two things that don’t seem to go together. Similarly, miscellaneous can describe something with many variations, like a person who expresses herself in many different ways.”

misc-colors2Some synonyms for miscellaneous are: various, varied, different, assorted, mixed, sundry, and diverse, to name a few.



misc-draw3The website has a fun feature that allows you to create spelling and learning activities, as well as cool quizzes. Try it, Try it I say!