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Word of the Day

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hermitage

Definition: (noun) The habitation of a hermit or group of hermits.
Synonyms:abbey, monastery, retreat
Usage:He spent two years in his hermitage near the lake, pondering the mysteries of the universe. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Conjunctive Adverbs in the Middle of the Second Clause

Conjunctive adverbs must appear in the second of the two clauses that are connected. While they often appear at the beginning of the second clause, they can actually be moved around within it. If we place the conjunctive adverb in the middle of the second clause, what should it come after? More... Discuss

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Elasmotherium: Unicorns of Old

The mythical unicorn may have been inspired in part by real-life creatures—members of the extinct genus Elasmotherium, comprising single-horned, giant rhinoceroses that roamed what is now Siberia and southern Russia during the Pleistocene ice age, which began 1.8 million years ago. Having some of the attributes of horses, they were herbivorous like most other rhinoceroses and had molar teeth that never stopped growing. How long were their supposedly enormous horns? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal Crown Jewels of England (1671)

Blood was an Irish-born adventurer who served under Oliver Cromwell during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. After Charles II returned to the throne, Blood fled to Ireland. He later attempted to kidnap the Duke of Ormonde but failed. In 1671, Blood and his accomplices made an infamous attempt to steal the Crown Jewels of England. Having befriended the jewel keeper, Blood arranged a private viewing, during which time the men made off with the treasures. Why did Charles II pardon Blood? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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J. M. Barrie (1860)

Barrie was a Scottish novelist and dramatist best known for his play Peter Pan, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up. Emotionally immature—likely due to his domineering mother—Barrie was prone to sentimentality in his writing. Yet his best works reveal a profound understanding of human nature and a capacity for irony and wit. His 1917 tragicomedy Dear Brutus is widely considered his best work. Why was Barrie disappointed with the statue of Peter Pan erected in Kensington Gardens, London? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) Discuss

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Grammar Quiz

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Which of the following is the longest punctuation mark?



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n. The gritty coarse particles of wheat left after the finer flour has passed through a bolting machine, used for pasta
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Victory Day is a national public holiday in the Russian Federation. It celebrates the defeat of Nazism and the end of World War II on European soil. On this day, people remember the 27 million Russian civilians and soldiers who perished during the war. Each year on May 9, people crowd Moscow's Red Square for solemn rites of remembrance—one minute of silence and cannon or gun salutes—as well as traditional musical and dance performances. Veterans may attend wearing their uniforms and medals. Many leave flowers at memorials and graves. TV stations often air films about World War II. More... Bruno Stairlift Chair SRE-2010 Seat Belt Assembly Part Only Incl

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not do a stroke (of work)

To not do any work at all. More... Discuss