Daily Content Archive

(as of Monday, April 13, 2015)
Word of the Day

tryst

Definition:(noun) An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
Synonyms:assignation, rendezvous
Usage: They tried to keep their weekly meetings a secret, but soon neighbors began to whisper about their trysts.
Daily Grammar Lesson

Expressing Equality Using "As … As"

One way of expressing similarities, differences, or changes with comparative adverbs is by using the structure "as … as." What construction do we use to describe two things as equal? More...
Article of the Day

Amazon.com

Amazon.com is the largest and one of the most widely known e-commerce shopping sites on the Web. The company was founded as an online bookstore by Jeff Bezos in 1995. It soon diversified its product lines, adding DVDs, electronics, furniture, and more. Its initial "slow growth" business plan was effective: when the Internet "bubble" burst and many e-companies went out of business, Amazon persevered. Why was the company sued by Barnes & Noble and Walmart in the late 1990s? More...
This Day in History

The Chicago Flood (1992)

The source of the water pouring into the basements of buildings in the Chicago Loop area had not yet been identified when reports of live fish in the water began surfacing. This helped lead a reporter to the source of the flood—a leak in an old tunnel that ran underneath the Chicago River. It turned out that the leak had been discovered months earlier, but the city had failed to repair it in a timely fashion, allowing it to worsen and eventually inundate the area with how much river water? More...
Today's Birthday

Philippe de Rothschild (1902)

A member of the aristocratic Rothschild banking family, Philippe was one of the most successful winemakers in the world. In the 1920s, the wealthy French playboy took up Grand Prix motor racing, among other pursuits, but soon withdrew to focus on the family vineyard. He spent decades building the Château Mouton Rothschild label, finally achieving Premier Cru—or First Growth—status in 1973. His idea for bottle labels became an enduring part of his vineyard's image. What was it? More...
Quotation of the Day
Nothing leads so straight to futility as literary ambitions without systematic knowledge.

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Idiom of the Day

there is (a) method to (one's) madness

There is a specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may seem crazy or absurd to another person. More...
Today's Holiday

French Quarter Festival (2018)

The French Quarter Festival celebrates Louisiana's distinctive musical and culinary traditions. Held in New Orleans, the festival features performances by local and other Louisiana musicians as well as those foreign musicians influenced by Louisiana's musical traditions. Scores of bands perform at various sites throughout the French Quarter (also called the Vieux Carré). Sixty local restaurants operate food booths on the festival grounds, offering spectators the best in Louisiana cooking. In recent years, close to 300,000 people have attended this three-day event. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: tower

tower - A group of giraffes. More...

spire, steeple - A spire is the tall pointed roof of a tower or the tall pointed structure on top of a steeple; a steeple is the tower plus the spire. More...

ziggurat - A tower in the form of a terraced pyramid. More...

Big Ben - Not the clock in the tower of the Houses of Parliament but the bell itself. More...

In the News

Self-Driving Cars Can Make People Sick, Study Says

A new study finds that up to 10% of people could get motion sickness in a self-driving car. “Not enough attention has been paid to this issue,” a researcher says. The hype over self-driving cars has hit a fever pitch. Google is working on one. So are Audi and ... More...
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