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remodel

Definition: (verb) Do over, as of (part of) a house.
Synonyms:redo, reconstruct
Usage:We were on a tight budget and bought the fixer-upper knowing that it would take us years to completely remodel the house. Discuss. Play

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Commas

Commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what these elements are. What is a comma splice? More... Discuss

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Click Consonants

Clicks are speech sounds used in many African languages, particularly in the Khoisan family of languages. They are produced by raising the back of the tongue to make contact with the palate and simultaneously closing the lips or touching the teeth or alveolar ridge with the tip and sides of the tongue. The only non-African language known to use clicks as regular speech sounds is Damin, spoken by certain Aboriginal Australians. What click sound is used in English to express disapproval or pity? More... Discuss

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The Columbine High School Massacre (1999)

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were seniors at Colorado's Columbine High School when they carried out one of the deadliest school shootings in US history, killing 12 students and one teacher and injuring 21 others before taking their own lives. The incident, widely covered by the media, stirred debate about the pair's motivation for the killings, the availability of firearms, and the role of bullying, video games, and music in acts of violence. For what crime had the two been previously arrested? More... Discuss

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Philippe Pinel (1745)

After moving to Paris in 1778, Pinel, a French physician, was appointed director of the Bicêtre and Salpêtrière hospitals. His experiences there prompted him to advocate for the humane treatment of mentally ill persons—then called the insane—and for the empirical study of mental disease. He further contributed to the development of psychiatry by establishing the practice of thoroughly documenting psychiatric case histories for research. What initially inspired Pinel's interest in mental illness? More... Discuss

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God's creature is one. He makes man, not men. His true creature is unitary and infinite, revealing himself, indeed, in every finite form, but compromised by none.

Henry James (1843-1916) Discuss

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Where does the auxiliary verb did appear in an interrogative sentence that does not use question words?




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v. To collide or strike
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Coober Pedy Opal Festival

The South Australian town of Coober Pedy is known for its opal mines, producing about 70 percent of the world's opals. Celebrated over Easter weekend, the annual Opal Festival includes such competitive events as the mine rescue demonstration, tug-of-war, triathlons for men and women, games and races for children, and the multicultural dance and singing competition. Saturday is the main day, kicking off with a morning street parade featuring a marching band, mining equipment, and floats and culminating in a fireworks display and a dance at night. More... Discuss

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color outside the lines

To think or act in a way that does not conform to set rules. Likened to the way a child might color outside the lines of a coloring book. More... Discuss