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unstinting

Definition: (adjective) Bestowed liberally.
Synonyms:lavish, munificent, overgenerous, too-generous, unsparing
Usage:Her suitor's unstinting devotion was flattering yet slightly unsettling. Discuss.

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Joining Coordinate Adjectives

When we use multiple adjectives to describe the same noun, we may or may not use commas between them, depending on how the adjectives function together. In general, we do use commas between coordinate adjectives. What are coordinate adjectives? More... Discuss

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Centralia, Pennsylvania

A modern-day ghost town, Centralia, Pennsylvania, is the site of an underground coal mine fire that has been burning for nearly 50 years. In 1962, the planned burning of a landfill ignited an exposed vein of coal, leading to an underground conflagration that now underlies approximately 400 acres (1.6 sq km). The state has condemned all of Centralia's buildings, yet a handful of residents remain there, despite sinkholes, escaping gases, and health warnings. How long is the fire expected to burn? More... Discuss

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Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap Begins Its Record-Breaking Run (1952)

When The Mousetrap opened in London, Christie, a legendary mystery author, predicted her play would run for just eight months. However, its initial run never ended, and it is now the longest-running play in the world. The murder mystery has been performed more than 24,000 times and is a popular tourist attraction. At the end of each performance, the audience is asked not to reveal the play's notorious twist ending. Who owns the rights to the play, and how did he get them? More... Discuss

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Virgil Thomson (1896)

An influential American music critic and composer, Thomson studied in Paris. There, he met Gertrude Stein, with whom he wrote the operas Four Saints in Three Acts and The Mother of Us All. He also wrote several film scores. As music critic for New York's Herald Tribune, he delivered gracefully written criticism that was respected for its concern with music rather than the performers. What unusual method of composition was Thomson known for reviving? More... Discuss

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Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

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cold-blooded
greased
elective
accented
unstressed
appointive
unlubricated
impudent
demure
feeling

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Which of the following phrases can be used instead of wish to describe an ideal or fanciful desire?




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n. A seasoned smoked sausage made of mixed meats, such as beef, pork, and veal
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rejuvenate
overrun
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Manger Yam

Manger Yam is a harvest celebration of the yam crop observed in Haiti. It is considered taboo to eat any of the new yams before the festival for fear of falling ill or bringing ruin to the yam crop. In Vodoun belief, it is very important for people to maintain relationships with the dead, as well as with each other and the gods, so the deceased are included in the Manger Yam. In the Vodoun service, the priest or priestess leads prayers to the dead and to the gods and offers the first yams to them. After the ceremony, people feast on yam dishes and enjoy music and dancing. More... Discuss

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bring (something) into effect

To cause (something) to apply, begin operating, or take effect; to begin implementing or enforcing (something). More... Discuss