Daily Content Archive

(as of Saturday, January 4, 2020)
Word of the Day

hypnopedia

Definition:(noun) The art or process of learning while asleep by means of lessons recorded on disk or tapes.
Synonyms:sleep-learning
Usage: Hypnopedia may not be a proven learning technique, but I figure it can't hurt to replay my professors' lectures throughout the night just in case.
Daily Grammar Lesson

How to Write Compound Nouns

Writing compound nouns is a bit complicated due to the fact that they can take three different forms. What are "closed compound nouns"? More...
Article of the Day

The Inca Road System

One of the most remarkable examples of Inca engineering was their elaborate network of roads, parts of which survive today. Log, stone, pontoon, and suspension bridges were built to span streams, rivers, and chasms, and shelters and storehouses were spaced a day's travel apart. These were maintained by nearby villages, which also supplied messengers for their sectors. Messages or parcels could thus be carried throughout the empire quite quickly, with runners able to cover what distance in a day? More...
This Day in History

Topsy the Elephant is Executed by Electrocution (1903)

Topsy was a circus elephant at Coney Island's Luna Park. After killing three people—at least one of whom was mistreating her at the time—in as many years, she was deemed a threat and schedule to be put down. After hanging was deemed too cruel an execution method and ruled out, Thomas Edison suggested electrocution in an attempt to further his campaign to portray alternating current electricity as dangerous. Electrocuted with 6,600 volts, Topsy died in seconds. What was "Topsy's Revenge"? More...
Today's Birthday

Jakob Ludwig Carl Grimm (1785)

More than just a compiler of fairy tales, Jacob Grimm was a German philologist who formulated the linguistic principle known as Grimm's law and who, along with his brother Wilhelm, began work on a vast historical dictionary of the German language that took over a century to complete. The Brothers Grimm are best known, however, for their compilation of some 200 German folk tales, known as Grimm's Fairy Tales, that helped establish the science of folklore. How did they collect the stories? More...
Quotation of the Day
Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Idiom of the Day

golden duck

In cricket, a batter's score of zero after being dismissed on the very first ball he or she faces. More...
Today's Holiday

Carnival of Blacks and Whites (2020)

The Carnival of Blacks and Whites, held each year in Pasto, Colombia, is one of the oldest Carnival celebrations in South America. The Carnival officially opens on January 4 with a parade commemorating the arrival in Pasto of the Castañeda family, presented as a zany group that includes a pregnant teenaged bride and many misbehaving children. The following day is the Day of the Blacks. Using special paints and cosmetics, revelers paint themselves and their friends black. Festivities continue on January 6 with the Day of the Whites, in which white paints and cosmetics are used. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: official

brevet - An official or authoritative message in writing. More...

provost - Etymologically, an official "placed before" or "put in charge" of others, from Latin praepositus, "superintendent." More...

bailiwick - Comes from bailie, "custody," and -wick, "function of an official" or "place of jurisdiction." More...

probate - The official proving of a will, from Latin probatum, "thing proved." More...

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