Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Guess what the Millionth Word in English is ?

"Web 2.0" was added as the millionth word in the English language, beating out "noob," "defriending," and "cloud computing," according to the Global Language Monitor, an Austin, Texas-based global language tracker. "Web 2.0," as most of us know, is a term that refers to the second generation of the web made up of social-oriented, user-centric photo sharing and social networking. The Global Language Monitor published an announcement on their site claiming that Web 2.0 had crossed the lines from tech jargon to everyday usage. If you're into Scrabble or surfing the internet, it sounds like this is a great excuse to plan a road trip in celebration!

Whether you're traveling from the West Coast or from the East, you'll probably pass by Chicago. Take a break from the Prius and spend a few nights in a luxurious hotel near one of Chicago's landmarks or prime shopping regions before continuing to tour the countryside with the windows wide open. Our top suggestion? Book your hotel stay in advance through What a Hotel! while you are heading towards Chicago, because you can capitalize on your savings by finding a hotel with Exclusive Complimentary Perks. Consider the Park Hyatt Chicago, which is the flagship hotel of the Park Hyatt and combines luxury and elegance. Get a room on one of the higher floors for a breathtaking view of the Park Hyatt Chicago's proximity to architectural landmarks, shopping spots, and cultural landmarks. During a day off from driving, step out from the hotel to explore Chicago's Magnificent Mile, which can be toured using the complimentary bike program through the hotel (instead of a car!). After spending the day out on the town, settle into the NoMi award-winning restaurant and enjoy the fine wines offered every night (or the Sommelier's tastings on Tuesday nights).

If old-fashioned glamour is more your style, book a stay in the Ritz Carlton Chicago (A Four Seasons Hotel) for quick access to area attractions. Opened in 1975, the hotel is decked out in rich tapestries, glossy woods, and heavy marbles, and you might not want to leave this urban oasis with amazing views of the Magnificent Mile's north end. Take an afternoon to visit Chicago's Millennium Park and the Art Institute of Chicago, with a new wing opening in 2009. Should you crave life in the fast lane while you're cooling your heels in the city, book a spot on the City Segway Tours Chicago to cruise effortlessly through parks and side streets without tiring yourself out. At night, check out the Blue Man Group or "Supernatural Chicago" shows before hitting the road yet again.

If you can't head out on an extended road trip this season, you'll be pleased to know that the Global Language Monitor reports that the English language adds 14.7 new words a day, or every 98 minutes. There are plenty of excuses to celebrate creativity in the future!

1 comment:

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