Daily Content Archive

(as of Sunday, January 30, 2022)
Word of the Day

travail

Definition:(noun) Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort.
Synonyms:effort, exertion, labor, toil
Usage: She deserved to take a vacation after her long travail.
Daily Grammar Lesson

The Two Reciprocal Pronouns

The two reciprocal pronouns in English are "each other" and "one another." In more traditional grammar, "each other" is used to identify only two people who are engaged in the mutual action, while "one another" describes how many people? More...
Article of the Day

The Cloud of Unknowing

The Cloud of Unknowing is an anonymous work of Christian mysticism written in Middle English in the 14th century. This spiritual guide on contemplative prayer counsels a young student to seek God not through knowledge but through intense contemplation motivated by love and stripped of all thought. According to the author, through this method God's true nature will be revealed. "The Cloud of Unknowing" has remained a popular concept, even appearing in what famous 1961 fictional work? More...
This Day in History

Bloody Sunday: The Bogside Massacre (1972)

In 1968, civil rights protests by Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland sparked violent conflicts with Protestants, resulting in the occupation of the province by British troops. The Bogside Massacre greatly worsened the situation. On "Bloody Sunday"—January 30, 1972—British troops shot 26 unarmed civil rights protesters. Thirteen victims—seven of whom were teenagers—died almost immediately, and a fourteenth later succumbed to his injuries. What did the first inquiry into the massacre find? More...
Today's Birthday

Max Theiler (1899)

Born in South Africa, Theiler moved to the US in 1922 and became known for his research on yellow fever, encephalomyelitis, and other tropical viruses. At a time when yellow fever outbreaks were plague-like—one epidemic alone wiped out 20,000 people—his team proved that the disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria. Theiler's development of a safe and effective vaccine brought yellow fever under control, earning him the 1951 Nobel Prize in medicine. On what did he initially test his vaccine? More...
Quotation of the Day
All honor and reverence to the divine beauty of form! Let us cultivate it to the utmost in men, women, and children—in our gardens and in our houses. But let us love that other beauty too, which lies in no secret of proportion, but in the secret of deep human sympathy.

George Eliot (1819-1880)

Idiom of the Day

out of (one's) hair

No longer pestering or annoying to one; not one's responsibility or burden any longer. More...
Today's Holiday

St. Charles's Day (2022)

Charles I, crowned king of England in 1625, was illegally executed on January 30, 1649, primarily for defending the Anglican Church. His body was secretly buried in Windsor Castle, and he was widely acclaimed as a martyr. A royal decree ordered a special service on this day to be in the Book of Common Prayer from 1662 to 1859. It also ordered it to be a day of national fasting. The anniversary of this event is commemorated by the Society of Charles the Martyr with an annual service at the site of his execution in Whitehall, London. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: teaching

clinic - First meant "teaching of medicine at the bedside." More...

didactics - The art or science of teaching. More...

ear training - In music, it is the teaching of pitch and rhythm recognition. More...

hypnopedia - Teaching during sleep. More...

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