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Word of the Day

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parry

Speedometer Instrument Case Gauge Odometer Tachometer Cover Comp: (verb) To deflect, evade, or avoid.
Synonyms:hedge, sidestep, skirt, circumvent, dodge, elude, duck
Usage:He parried every inquiry so successfully that soon he was the one asking the questions. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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How to Form Comparative Adverbs

Comparative adverbs, like comparative adjectives, are used to describe differences and similarities between two things. We form comparative adverbs either by adding the word "more" (or "less") before the base adverb, or by adding what ending to the base adverb? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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Gache

For many centuries, Korean socialites have worn the gache, an elaborate wig decorated with precious jewels and metals. Such wigs were once considered required attire for brides, but their expense was so great that some families had to save for years to obtain one. The opulence of the gache prompted King Jeongjo to ban it in the late 18th century, but not everyone complied. According to one account, a young bride died because her heavy gache broke her neck. How much does such a wig usually weigh? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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The Luxor Massacre (1997)

Located on the west bank of the Nile across from the city of Luxor, Deir al-Bahri is one of Egypt's most popular attractions. It encompasses the remains of three ancient temples, among them the terraced temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which in 1997 became the site of a terrible massacre. On that day, six terrorists armed with guns and knives descended on the temple and systematically killed more than 60 people, most of them foreign tourists. What did the terrorists hope to achieve with the attack? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Isamu Noguchi (1904)

Noguchi was a prominent American sculptor. After briefly studying medicine, he won two Guggenheim fellowships that allowed him to study in Paris under renowned modern artist Constantin Brancusi. In his work in stone, wood, and metal, Noguchi integrated European modernism with Japanese traditionalism, harmonizing rough and smooth, geometric and organic. Among his diverse artistic creations are playgrounds, sculpture gardens, ballet sets, and furniture. With which inventor did he collaborate? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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A good man is a man who is good to us, and a bad man is a man who doesn't do what we want him to.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) Discuss

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inside
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beginning
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Grammar Quiz

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Which of the following words is not a past participle?




Spelling Bee

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adj. mental or emotional rather than physiological in origin
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thin-skinned
summary
compendious
man-made
sallow
sickly
unfeigned
huffy
synthetic
true

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Today's Holiday

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Marshall Islands President's Day

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has designated November 17 as President's Day, a day to remember the nation's first president, Amata Kabua. Kabua started his career as a school teacher and rose to become paramount chief of the Island of Majuro and head of state of the Marshall Islands. He served five terms as president of the Marshall Islands, beginning in 1979 when the country became independent and continuing until his death in 1996. 11 Pairs Flat Colored Shoelaces Shoestrings, Gradient Shoestring Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

not have two nickels to rub together

To be extremely poor; to have very little or no money to spend. Primarily heard in US. More... Discuss