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vitreous

Definition: (adjective) Of, relating to, resembling, or having the nature of glass.
Synonyms:glassy
Usage:The lake was so calm it looked vitreous in the pre-dawn light. Discuss. Play

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Using Quotation Marks across Multiple Paragraphs

Quotation marks almost always travel as a pair, with a closing quotation mark required anytime an opening quotation mark is used. There is one specific exception to this rule, however, which occurs when quoted text spans multiple paragraphs. When this happens, we put an opening quotation mark at the beginning of each quoted paragraph. Where do we put the closing quotation mark? More... Discuss

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The Merman

The male counterpart of the mermaid, the merman is a legendary creature that is human from the waist up but fish-like from the waist down. The most well-known merman is likely Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite in Greek mythology. Triton lived in a golden palace in the ocean's depths and controlled the waves with a conch shell. Mermen are now a pop culture staple—with Triton famously appearing in Disney's The Little Mermaid. Where can you see a supposedly "real" merman on display? More... Discuss

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First Kiwanis Club Is Chartered (1915)

In 1914, Allen S. Browne and Joseph G. Prance created the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, a networking group for businessmen. Their club was officially chartered one year later with its now famous name "Kiwanis." The club's purpose has changed since then, but its popularity has only grown. Kiwanis Clubs today have both male and female members—roughly 600,000 of them—and focus on community service, sponsoring about 150,000 service projects each year. What does "Kiwanis" mean? More... Discuss

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Jack Henry Abbott (1944)

While imprisoned in the 1970s—for various crimes, including the murder of a fellow inmate—Abbott began a correspondence with author Norman Mailer, hoping to help him write about prison life more authentically. Mailer was so impressed with Abbott's writing that he helped him compile his letters into the acclaimed book In the Belly of the Beast and advocated for Abbott's parole. However, just weeks after his release, Abbott fatally stabbed a man and was rearrested. Why had he done it? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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One can't stay sad very long in such an interesting world, can one?

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

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Which of the following sentences is in the past perfect tense?




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n. A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation
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Today's Holiday

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Babin Den

In Bulgaria, the old women who helped deliver babies—much like the modern midwife—were called baba, or grandmother. It was widely believed that the baby received some of the baba's wisdom, and it was customary for the baby's parents to bring the baba flowers on a particular day each year, called Grandmother's Day or Day of the Midwives. Eventually the children grew up, but they would continue to visit their baba each year. Most babies in Bulgaria today are born in hospitals, so the children bring flowers to the doctors and nurses who assisted at their birth. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

one card shy of a (full) deck

A pejorative phrase meaning not very intelligent or of questionable mental capacity. This expression can appear in many different forms and variations (e.g., "a few sandwiches short of a picnic," "one brick short of a load.," etc.). More... Discuss