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WOTD      
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 24th October 2018
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didactic (adjective) dye-DAK-tik



Designed or intended to teach; instructive (often pedantically or dictorially so); containing a political or moral message; fond of instructing or advising (even when this is neither welcome nor necessary).

Such teachings, reminding us of the leading thought in the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes, indicate the didactic character given to ancient tales that were of popular origin, but which were modified and elaborated under the influence of the schools which arose in connection with the Babylonian temples.

Anonymous, An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic. Amazon


You ought to enjoy the owner's evident enjoyment (he was never bored and therefore never boring), his charmingly ingenuous pride of possession, his shrewd, humorous and excessively didactic utterances about painters, pictures, architecture and female beauty, his zeal for water-colour sketching and his apparently profound contempt of other exponents of the craft.

Unattributed review, Punch, 21 July 1920, of
Arnold Bennett's From the Log of the Velsa. Amazon

Active, participatory styles of delivery are more effective than unstructured or overly didactic methods.

Keith Bradley, Commons Hansard, 16 October 2001. Commons Hansard

In this didactic yet revelatory documentary, the director Micha X. Peled somehow manages to get inside a factory and workers’ dorm in China and investigate the labor abuses that are commonplace there.

Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 5 February 2007. The New Yorker

He famously coined a phrase to describe what he abhors in modern fiction: “hysterical realism,” which refers to a style of writing that features rampant caricature, absurd plots and prose, and frequent references to popular culture combined with didactic social commentary.

James Wood, The New York Times, 9 August 2007. New York Times




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