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

Intensifiers

Intensifiers are adverbs or adverbials that modify adjectives and other adverbs to increase their strength, power, or intensity. What are some examples of intensifiers? 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

George Frideric Handel's Oratorio Messiah Debuts (1742)

Composed by Handel, the great master of baroque music, Messiah is one of the most popular choral works in the Western world. Its immense popularity has resulted in the erroneous conception of Handel as primarily a church composer. In truth, the contemplative, English-language oratorio stands apart from the rest of his 32 oratorios, which are dramatically conceived. How did it become tradition for audiences to stand during the performance of Messiah's "Hallelujah" chorus? More...
Today's Birthday

Alfred Mosher Butts (1899)

In the 1930s, Butts, an unemployed architect, invented a game called Lexiko, in which players drew lettered tiles from a pool and then attempted to form words. After unsuccessful attempts to sell the game to board-game makers, Butts sold the rights to entrepreneur James Brunot, who made a few minor adjustments and renamed the game Scrabble. More than 150 million sets have been sold in multiple languages since. How did Butts determine how many tiles of each letter should be included in the game? 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

catch heat

To be the target of someone's anger. More...
Today's Holiday

Songkran (Thailand) (2015)

Songkran is the traditional New Year in Thailand and a public holiday. The celebration actually lasts for three days in mid-April, and takes the form of religious ceremonies, as well as public festivities. Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples, water is sprinkled on Buddhist images, and captive birds and fish are freed. Water splashing on the streets is also a part of the festivities, especially among young people. The celebration is held with special élan in Chiang Mai with beauty contests, parades, dancing, and, of course, water splashing. More...
Word Trivia

Today's topic: implied

subaudition - The act of understanding something that is implied but not overtly expressed; the act of reading between the lines or otherwise understanding a message that is implicit. More...

tacenda, tacit - Tacenda are things not to be mentioned or made public—things better left unsaid; tacit means "unspoken, silent" or "implied, inferred." More...

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