Quantcast

Education News Archive - June 11, 2009

fc2692cec7ce557e35eaf57bcb16c7001

If you're going to miss the last day of school for a real-time civics lesson, it probably doesn't hurt to have an excuse written by the US president.

Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
Related