Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, January 9, 2018)
Word of the Day

didactics

Definition:(noun) The activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill.
Synonyms:education, instruction, pedagogy, teaching
Usage: After reading several books on anthropology, education, and didactics, Alexey Alexandrovitch drew up a plan of education.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Using "Would"

The modal auxiliary verb "would" has a variety of functions and uses. It is used in place of "will" for things that happened or began in the past. It is also sometimes used in place of "will" to change the tone of a sentence in what way? More...
Article of the Day

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is the world's longest man-made structure, stretching approximately 1,500 miles (2,400 km) along China's northern and northwestern borders. Erected to prevent invasions by northern nomads, it is an amalgamation of many walls built in ancient times and connected by later empires. Averaging a height of 25 feet (7.6 m) and a width of 15 to 30 feet (4.6–9.1 m) at its base, the wall is fortified by watchtowers placed at regular intervals. Can the Great Wall be seen from space? More...
This Day in History

Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters Executed for Murder (1923)

Frederick Bywaters was convicted of murder after admitting to the brutal stabbing of Percy Thompson, the husband of his lover Edith Thompson. In an extremely controversial decision, Edith was also convicted of her husband's murder, even though Bywaters himself claimed that Edith had had nothing to do with it. Public sympathy for Edith could not prevent her execution, which was carried out at the same time as her former lover's. Who had witnessed the murder and fingered Bywaters as the culprit? More...
Today's Birthday

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875)

Born into immense wealth as a member of the Vanderbilt family, Whitney studied sculpture in the US and Europe. In addition to producing her own notable artwork, which included a Titanic memorial, Whitney became an influential patron and collector. After attempting to donate her vast art collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and being turned away, Whitney founded her own museum—today one of the foremost museums of modern American art. What family dispute made headlines in 1934? More...
Quotation of the Day
I'd rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

Idiom of the Day

locker-room humor

Especially crude, vulgar, or bawdy humor. More...
Today's Holiday

Black Nazarene Fiesta (2018)

The Fiesta of Quiapo District is the largest festival in Manila, Philippines. It is held each year in honor of the Quiapo District's patron saint, the Black Nazarene, a life-sized statue of Jesus carved from blackwood, whose shrine is located in Quiapo’s baroque church. The traditional nine-day fiesta and features nightly cultural events, band concerts, and fireworks. On the last day of the festival, January 9, there is a procession of barefoot men pulling a carriage that holds the 200-year-old statue on the way to Calvary. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: lights

day - One of the perpendicular divisions or "lights" of a mullioned window. More...

blackout - Originally a theatrical term for the extinguishing of all lights on the stage when scenery was shifted. More...

taps, last post - Taps, the bugle call for lights out, was originally a drum roll and got its name from the tapping of the drums; taps are also called last post. More...

twilight - The time of two lights, the fading sunset and the emerging light of the moon and stars; there are three sequential stages of twilight: civil twilight, nautical twilight, and astronomical twilight. More...

In the News

Middle-aged can reverse heart risk with exercise, study suggests

The new year is a time when many plan to shape up after the excesses of the festive period. Now there is good news for those who fear it might be too late in life to improve their fitness. People into late middle age can reverse or reduce the risk of ... More...
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