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facile

Definition: (adjective) Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
Synonyms:eloquent, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken, fluent, silver
Usage:Those facile and brilliant phrases and ideas struck me as the finest things I had yet known in literature, and I borrowed the book and read it through. Discuss.

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Identifying Direct Objects

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Body Farms

Body farms are used in the field of forensic anthropology to help law enforcement officials, medical examiners, and crime scene investigators study human decomposition. The original body farm, the University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Facility, is simply a wooded area where bodies are exposed to the elements in different ways and left to decompose. These experiments help researchers understand how various conditions affect decomposition. How do body farms acquire their cadavers? More... Discuss

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Christopher Reeve Is Paralyzed (1995)

Having starred in four Superman movies beginning in 1978, Reeve was an immensely popular actor by the 1990s. He was also an avid athlete and equestrian. During an event in 1995, his horse spooked before a jump, throwing Reeve. He landed on his head and was paralyzed from the neck down. He briefly considered suicide, but instead spent the rest of his life campaigning for spinal injury research. His friend Robin Williams was the first person to make Reeve laugh after the accident. How? More... Discuss

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Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794)

Cornelius was the patriarch of the famous Vanderbilt family. As a youth, he ferried freight and passengers in New York Harbor. As an adult, he gained control of most of the ferry lines around New York City and quickly expanded up and down the coast. He had similar success in the railroad business and died with an estate worth more than $100 million, the largest personal fortune accumulated in the US to that date. Why did Vanderbilt, who had 13 children, leave nearly everything to just one son? More... Discuss

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The sky was clear—remarkably clear—and the twinkling of all the stars seemed to be but throbs of one body, timed by a common pulse.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) Discuss

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Which of the following is not a collective adjective?




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n. In works of art, the shell used by Tritons as a trumpet
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Ramadan

The month of Ramadan traditionally begins with the actual sighting of the new moon, marking the start of the ninth month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This holiest season in the Islamic year commemorates the time when the Qur'an, the Islamic holy book, is said to have been revealed to Muhammad. Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars (fundamental religious duties) of Islam. It is a time for self-examination and increased religious devotion. The Fast of Ramadan ends when the new moon is again sighted and the new lunar month begins. More... Discuss

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a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. More... Discuss