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superannuated

Definition: (adjective) Retired or ineffective because of advanced age.
Synonyms:over-the-hill, overaged
Usage:The company has a pension plan that provides financial assistance to some of its superannuated employees. Discuss.

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Positioning Adverbs of Place

Adverbs of place generally appear immediately after the main verb in a sentence if it is intransitive, or else after the verb's object if it is transitive. Only two adverbs of place are very commonly used at the beginning of sentences. What are they? More... Discuss

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Silverpit Crater

Discovered under the North Sea off the coast of the UK during an analysis of seismic data collected during oil exploration, the Silverpit crater may have been formed as much as 74 million years ago, perhaps when a large projectile impacted Earth's surface. Though the crater bears features similar to those of the impact crater Valhalla found on Jupiter's moon Callisto, many scientists question whether such a collision created Silverpit. What other theories about its origin have been proposed? More... Discuss

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Lowest Temperature in History Recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica (1983)

Located near the magnetic South Pole, Russia's Vostok Research Station in Antarctica experiences three straight months of polar night every year from April to August, a period during which the Sun does not rise. In 1983, in the dead of southern winter and polar night, Vostok experienced the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, a chilling -128.56 degrees F (-89.2 degrees C). December 1989 was the warmest month ever recorded at Vostok. On average, how warm was it? More... Discuss

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Isaac Stern (1920)

Born in Ukraine, Stern came to the US as an infant and began studying violin as a child. He made his New York debut at 17 and toured extensively after World War II. A cultural ambassador, he performed in the Soviet Union and China as one of the world's top violin virtuosos. In 1960, he formed a famous trio with pianist Eugene Istomin and cellist Leonard Rose. Stern helped establish the National Endowment for the Arts and is noted for having saved what landmark institution from demolition? More... Discuss

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There are so many unpleasant things in the world already that there is no use in imagining any more.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

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Which of the following is not one of the true grammatical moods?








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tr.v. To view or treat with disfavor
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Hemingway Days Festival

This week-long celebration of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), the American novelist and short-story writer, is held in Key West, Florida. The festival has been held since 1980 during the week of Hemingway's birthday, July 21. Hemingway made his home in Key West at one time, and his novel, To Have and Have Not (1937), is set there. Events include a street fair, a Hemingway look-alike contest, a fishing tournament, an arm-wrestling competition, and a party and concert at the Hemingway Home and Museum. More... Discuss

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Johnny One-Note

Someone who repeatedly expresses or maintains a strong opinion on a single or a few particular subjects. Primarily heard in US, Canada. More... Discuss