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dissociate

Definition: (verb) To remove from association; separate.
Synonyms:disjoint, disunite, divorce
Usage:The senator dissociated herself from the organization when she found out that its president had been involved in an embezzlement scheme. Discuss.

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Articles and Other Parts of Speech

Articles always modify nouns. An article can also precede a noun phrase, even if it begins with an adjective or an adverb. However, articles cannot precede what part of speech? More... Discuss

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War Cycles

Although the theory that wars are fought in cycles was once met with widespread skepticism—primarily because the topic tends to attract those interested in paranormal issues—the advent of computer algorithms has renewed interest in the scientific analysis of conflict. Quantitative studies of the bellicosity of both Western and Chinese civilizations over time have found that China once experienced a period of peace lasting far longer than that in the West. What do researchers believe caused this? More... Discuss

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Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring Sparks a Riot (1913)

The Rite of Spring is a landmark ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky that provoked a riot when it premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Expecting the demure conventions of classical ballet, the audience was caught off-guard by Stravinsky's dissonant score and Vaslav Nijinsky's violently untraditional choreography depicting fertility rites. Fistfights broke out between detractors and supporters, and chaos ensued. What Disney film popularized the ballet? More... Discuss

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Bob Hope (1903)

Famous for his "ski-jump" nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More... Discuss

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No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment.

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Complete the following compound sentence with the correct conjunction:
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v. control and refrain from showing; of emotions
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Cooper's Hill Cheese Rolling

In Gloucestershire, England, cheese rolling is believed to have been a popular annual sport for at least 500 years. Cooper's Hill, which is located near Brockworth and is a thousand feet high, is famous for its fine pasture lands. Rolling the cheese down the hill traditionally reminded villagers of their right to graze sheep there. Early in the evening, the event leader, in a white smock and top hat, rolls the "cheese" discs (nowadays, three or four large wooden discs) down the hill. People chase after them, and the first to capture one of the discs receives a small prize. More... Discuss

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a kick at the can

An opportunity to do, try, or achieve something. Primarily heard in Canada. More... Discuss