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surfeit

Definition: (noun) An excessive amount.
Synonyms:overabundance, excess
Usage:The surfeit of goods produced caused prices to fall, hurting the economy. Discuss. Play

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Verbs that Take Both "To" and "At"

Many verbs are able to take multiple prepositions after them. However, this often results in a change in the sentence's meaning. The most common of these pairs is "to" and "at"—a large number of verbs are able to take both. What are some examples? More... Discuss

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Oddfellows

Oddfellows are some of the earliest friendly societies—mutual aid organizations formed to protect members against debts incurred through illness, death, or old age using what are now the basic principles of insurance. Though they date back to at least the 18th century in England, their early history is obscure. Some trace the Oddfellows' origins back to the Israelites' exile from Babylon in the 6th century BCE, but they more likely evolved from medieval guilds. What makes these fellows "odd"? More... Discuss

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The Walk to Canossa: Pope Lifts Holy Roman Emperor's Excommunication (1077)

The papacy and German nobility were enjoying widespread power when Henry IV became German king and then holy Roman emperor. As Henry tried to reclaim control, he clashed with Pope Gregory and was excommunicated. The nobility sided with Gregory and refused to recognize Henry's kingship unless he sought absolution. To do so, Henry crossed the Alps in the dead of winter and allegedly stood three days barefoot in the snow at the castle at Canossa before being absolved. How did the nobles respond? More... Discuss

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Jackson Pollock (1912)

After working on the Federal Art Project—a US program for the unemployed during the Great Depression—Pollock began developing the abstract, expressive style that made him a symbol of artistic revolt. Influenced by surrealism, Pollock energetically dripped paint in complicated linear patterns onto enormous canvases placed on the floor. Unlike most artists, Pollock was a celebrity during his lifetime, which was cut short by a car crash. Jackson was his middle name. What was his first name? More... Discuss

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Revenge triumphs over death; love slights it; honor aspireth to it; grief flieth to it; fear preoccupateth it.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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Which of the following is an adjective of material?




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n. A magic lantern, especially one with two projectors arranged so as to produce dissolving views
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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a celebration of the old tradition of cowboy poetry in the buckaroo town of Elko, Nevada. The gathering, which began in 1985 with about 50 working cowboys, has become a six-day affair in the last week of January that now includes folk-music concerts, western dances, exhibits of cowboy gear, and workshops not only on writing but also on such topics as horse-hair braiding and photography. Poetry remains the heart of the festival, and the poets—all working ranch people—include men, women, and children. More... Discuss

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out of house and home

Evicted; no longer having someplace to live. More... Discuss