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periwig

Definition: (noun) A wig for men that was fashionable in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Synonyms:peruke
Usage:He wears an immense periwig, flowing down over his shoulders. Discuss. Play

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Prepositions Commonly Used with Adjectives

Prepositions can sometimes appear after adjectives to complete or elaborate on the ideas or emotions the adjective describes. Can you name the prepositions that are most commonly used alongside adjectives? More... Discuss

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Dog Tags

Because they resemble the identification tags found on dog collars, those worn by military personnel have also come to be known as dog tags. Now popular among civilians as fashion accessories, the tags are officially intended to aid in identifying those killed or wounded in battle. Before dog tags were invented, soldiers were known to scratch their names on the backs of their belt buckles or pin notes with identifying information to their clothing. Why are dog tags usually issued in sets of two? More... Discuss

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11-Year-Old Grace Bedell Urges Abraham Lincoln to Grow a Beard (1860)

A few weeks before Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the US, 11-year-old Grace Bedell sent him a letter urging him to grow a beard to win over voters. Bedell claimed that "all the ladies like whiskers" and would urge their husbands to vote for a bearded Lincoln. Days later, Lincoln drafted a noncommittal response in which he wondered whether such a change in appearance would be well received. Within months, he was sporting his now-iconic beard. What did he say when he later met Bedell? More... Discuss

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Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880)

A Scottish paleobotanist whose first marriage was annulled—and allegedly never consummated—Stopes went on to publish a controversial yet highly influential sex manual, Married Love, in 1918. Thereafter, she became a pioneer in the field of family planning, opening the first birth-control clinic in the British Empire in 1921. Stopes helped break down taboos and improve women's reproductive health, but her support of what field of reproductive science has somewhat marred her reputation? More... Discuss

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What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult to each other?

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

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Which of the following parts of speech are adjectives not able to modify?




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adj. tolerable or bearable
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Jamaica National Heroes Day

In Kingston, Jamaica, National Heroes Park contains a series of statues devoted to key figures in the country's history, including independence leader Alexander Bustamente and pan-African crusader Marcus Garvey. As a way to honor the figures commemorated in this park, the Jamaican government has established National Heroes Day. Local parishes all over the island hold award ceremonies to honor community figures, while at National Heroes Park a main ceremony takes place that features a speech by a national leader, typically the prime minister. More... Discuss

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snow on the mountain

Silver, grey, or white hair on one's head, as due to aging. More... Discuss