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malcontent

Definition: (adjective) Discontented as toward authority.
Synonyms:disaffected, ill-affected, rebellious
Usage:The film follows three malcontent teenagers as they gather a following of like-minded peers and wreak havoc with their attempts to buck the system. Discuss. Play

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Middle Voice

The so-called middle voice is an approximate type of grammatical voice in which the subject both performs and receives the action expressed by the verb. Middle voice and active voice use the same verb structure in a sentence, so how can we distinguish between the two? More... Discuss

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Robert's Rules of Order

Robert's Rules of Order is a book of regulations for the conduct of meetings in an orderly manner. The rules were first published in 1876 by American army officer Henry Martyn Robert, who had been asked to preside over a church meeting a few years prior and discovered that neither he nor anyone else knew a proper or consistent way to conduct meetings. Today, almost all US organizations adopt Robert's Rules of Order in their bylaws. What recent changes have been made to the rules? More... Discuss

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Andrew Johnson Avoids Impeachment by One Vote (1868)

Johnson became president following Abraham Lincoln's assassination. When he attempted to dismiss his Secretary of War without senatorial consent, congressional leaders—for the first time in US history—sought to remove the president from office. Their first attempt failed, but in 1868, the House passed a resolution of impeachment against him. During the trial, the charges proved weak, and the two-thirds vote needed for conviction failed by one vote. Which senators voted against their party? More... Discuss

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Dorothea Lange (1895)

Lange was a profoundly influential American documentary photographer. During the Great Depression, her photos of stark poverty led to her employment by a federal agency to bring the plight of the poor to public attention. Her images were so effective that the government was compelled to establish camps for migrant laborers. Lange produced several other photo essays, including one documenting the WWII internment of Japanese-Americans. Who is the subject of her best-known photo, "Migrant Mother"? More... Discuss

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In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

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When do we use a reciprocal pronoun instead of a reflexive pronoun?




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Ute Bear Dance

An ancient ceremony of the Southern Ute Indians, the Ute Bear Dance is now held on Memorial Day weekend in Ignacio, Colorado. Originally the ritual was held in late February or early March. It stemmed from the belief that the Utes were descended from bears, and the dance served both to help the bears coming out of hibernation and to gain power from them. Today the dance is largely a social occasion. Lines of women and men advance toward each other, gradually dancing in pairs. The dancing goes on until sunset, when there is a feast. More... Discuss

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grab and go

(used before a noun; sometimes hyphenated) Characterized by being very quick and easy to obtain, access, and use. More... Discuss