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substandard

Definition: (adjective) Falling short of some prescribed norm.
Synonyms:deficient, inferior
Usage:Substandard housing endangers the welfare of residents. Discuss. Play

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Grammatical speech refers to how we report something another person said. Depending on how we do this, we sometimes have to inflect the verbs that we use. Speech is usually divided between what two types? More... Discuss

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Logos

In Greek philosophy and theology, Logos is the divine reason that orders the cosmos and gives it form and meaning. The concept is found in the sixth-century BCE writings of Heracleitus and in Persian, Indian, and Egyptian philosophical and theological systems as well. It is particularly significant in Christian theology, where it is used to describe the role of Jesus as the principle of God active in the creation and ordering of the cosmos. What is the literal meaning of the word "Logos"? More... Discuss

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La Marseillaise, French National Anthem, Is Composed (1792)

Written and composed by French army officer Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle in 1792, La Marseillaise was adopted in 1795 as France's first anthem. Although it was then banned by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, it was restored as France's national anthem in 1879. The evocative lyrics and recognizable tune of La Marseillaise have led to its use as a revolutionary anthem and have inspired many pieces of classical music and pop culture. What are some examples? More... Discuss

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Ella Fitzgerald (1917)

After winning an amateur contest at Harlem's Apollo Theater in 1934, Fitzgerald started singing with Chick Webb's big band and soon became its star. She recorded her first hit, "A Tisket-A Tasket," in 1938 and went on to become one of the best-selling vocal recording artists in history and a 14-time Grammy Award winner. In 1960, she made a famous live recording in which she improvised new lyrics to a song after forgetting the original ones. The performance earned her a Grammy. What song was it? More... Discuss

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Patience, that blending of moral courage with physical timidity.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

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n. abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from under-production or over-production of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet
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Founding of the People's Army of North Korea

The founding of the People's Army of North Korea in 1932 is marked every year with a national public holiday. The main celebration takes place in the capital city of Pyongyang and includes oratorical meetings, where various officials praise the army's exploits. Public displays can also include parades, gun-salutes, fireworks, choruses, dance displays, and drum-beating. While many sources list February 8, 1948, as the army's official start-date, the North Korean government observes 1932 as the date of the army's founding. More... Discuss

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country bumpkin

Someone from a rural area who is therefore not versed in city life or its social norms. More... Discuss