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escalate

Definition: (verb) To increase, enlarge, or intensify.
Synonyms:intensify, step up
Usage:Tensions escalated as the politicians refused to compromise. Discuss. Play

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Pronouns as the Subject

Pronouns stand in for a person or thing we are speaking about or referring to; they are used to avoid repetition in speech or writing. When the personal pronouns in the subjective case act as substitutes for the subject of the clause or sentence, what are they known as? More... Discuss

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Emperor Akihito

Even before ascending the throne of Japan, Akihito bucked tradition. When he was 25, the then crown prince married Michiko Shoda, a commoner—marking the first time that an heir to the Japanese throne had wed outside the court nobility. In another unorthodox move, he and his wife chose to raise their children at home. Since Akihito became emperor in 1989, he has persisted in his efforts to humanize and modernize the royal family. What else has he done to try and change the royal family's image? More... Discuss

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Globe Theatre Burns to the Ground (1613)

The first Globe Theatre was an Elizabethan theatre where several of Shakespeare's plays were originally staged. It was built around 1598 in London using timber from an earlier theater and was jointly owned by members of the theatrical company to which Shakespeare belonged. The Globe burned down in 1613 during a performance of Henry VIII. It was rebuilt in 1614, but Puritans closed it and all other theaters in 1642, and it was demolished soon after. What caused the fire in 1613? More... Discuss

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George Goethals (1858)

Goethals was a US army engineer who served as chief engineer of the Panama Canal. During the course of the project, yellow fever, labor troubles, unexpected construction complications, and crumbling substrata caused numerous setbacks and claimed thousands of lives. By taking personal interest in the men working on the canal, however, Goethals created an atmosphere of cooperation and completed the project ahead of schedule. The Goethals Bridge, named in his honor, links what two US states? More... Discuss

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Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) Discuss

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punctuality
solidity
curliness
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malignity
porosity
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Which of the following is the term for inflection that does not follow predictable rules or patterns?




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n. The act, process, or condition of floating
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den
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Sts. Peter and Paul Day

It is said that St. Peter and St. Paul were both martyred on June 29, and, for this reason, their names have been linked in various observances around the world. In Peru, the Día de San Pedro y San Pablo is celebrated in fishing villages because St. Peter is the patron saint of fishermen. Processions of decorated boats carrying an image of the saint are common, and sometimes a special floating altar is set up, with decorations made out of shells and seaweed. More... Discuss

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be tied (up) in knots

To be confused, anxious, worried, and/or upset (about something). More... Discuss