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mire

Definition: (noun) An area of wet, soggy, muddy ground; a bog.
Synonyms:morass, quag, quagmire
Usage:At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. Discuss. Play

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Forming Noun Clauses

A noun clause is a type of dependent clause that is able to function grammatically like a noun in a sentence. Noun clauses, like all clauses, contain what two things? More... Discuss

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Eusociality

Eusociality is a key concept in sociobiology, which is the study of the genetic and evolutionary bases of social behavior. Coined in 1966, the term "eusocial" describes an animal society—like that of bees, ants, shrimp, sponges, or others—largely made up of sterile individuals that work on behalf of the few reproductive members of the group, or in some cases the only reproductive member, and cooperatively care for the young. What are the only truly eusocial mammals? More... Discuss

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Lebanon Hostage Crisis: Last US Captive Released after 7 Years (1991)

After reporting from Vietnam as a war correspondent, American journalist Terry A. Anderson became chief correspondent for the Associated Press in Lebanon. In March 1985, he was abducted from a Beirut street by Shiite Hezbollah militants retaliating against the US for supplying Israel with weapons. Held with other American hostages taken at around the same time, Anderson remained in captivity for nearly seven years and was the last to be released. What has he done since regaining his freedom? More... Discuss

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Francisco Franco (1892)

A career army officer and skillful leader, Franco was appointed the Spanish army's chief of staff in 1935. The next year, he joined the military uprising that precipitated the Spanish Civil War and became the leader of the Nationalist forces bent on overthrowing the republican government. Over the next few years, a bloody war was waged. The Nationalists emerged victorious, and from 1939 until his death in 1975, Franco served as virtual dictator of Spain. Whose aid helped secure Franco's victory? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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Let's not borrow trouble ... The rate of interest is too high.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

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Identify what kind of minor sentence is highlighted in the following example:
Speaker A: “I really need that loan you promised me.”
Speaker B: “All in good time.




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n. Existence or apparent existence everywhere at the same time; omnipresence
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St. Barbara's Day

Scholars doubt that St. Barbara existed as more than a legend that emerged during the 2nd century. In parts of France, Germany, and Syria, St. Barbara's Day is considered the beginning of the Christmas season. In southern France, it is customary to set out dishes holding grains of wheat soaked in water on sunny window sills. If the "St. Barbara's grain" grows quickly, it means a good year for crops. There is a similar custom in Germany and the Czech and Slovak republics with cherry branches. In Syria, St. Barbara's Day is for feasting and bringing food to the poor. More... Discuss

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memory lane

A set or series of memories of one's past life, likened to a roadway that one may visit or take a tour of. (Used primarily in the phrase "stroll/take a trip/walk etc. down memory lane.") More... Discuss