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opprobrious

Definition: (adjective) Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Synonyms:abusive, scornful, shameful, ignominious
Usage:His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions. Discuss. Play

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Creating the Subjunctive Mood

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. When we express wishes, we create the subjunctive mood by moving the main verb of the sentence one tense back in the past. To convey a wish about a situation in the present, what tense would we use? More... Discuss

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Chopsticks

Chopsticks, developed about 3,000 to 5,000 years ago in China, are the traditional eating utensils of East Asia. Various materials, including wood, ivory, bamboo, and metal, have been used to produce the tapered sticks, which range from the plain to the ornately decorated. The etiquette surrounding chopstick use, and in fact the style of the sticks themselves, varies from culture to culture. To avoid unintentional insult at the table, one should keep in mind what rules when dining in China? More... Discuss

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Bonnie and Clyde Ambushed and Killed (1934)

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious robbers who went on a 21-month crime spree in the central US from 1932 to 1934. They captivated Americans during the "public enemy era" and continue to do so today through films and songs. Betrayed by a friend, Bonnie and Clyde were tracked, ambushed, and killed on a desolate stretch of Louisiana highway by a posse of officers using armor-piercing rounds. Though remembered primarily as bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde actually preferred to rob what? More... Discuss

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Franz Anton Mesmer (1734)

Mesmer was a German physician who experimented with an early form of hypnosis, known as "mesmerism." He developed a doctrine of "animal magnetism," believing that harmony could be restored in the human body by inducing "crises"—trance states often ending in delirium or convulsions. He carried out dramatic demonstrations of his ability to "mesmerize" his patients using magnetized objects. Accused by Viennese physicians of fraud, he left Austria for France. What scandal plagued Mesmer's career? More... Discuss

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No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) Discuss

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Which of the following cannot function as objects in a sentence?




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n. A drug used to counteract the physiological effects of histamine production in allergic reactions and colds
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Declaration of the Bab

Declaration of the Bab is a joyous Baha'i festival to celebrate the Bab's announcement in 1844 in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the "gate" (which is the meaning of Bab) to the coming of the promised one of all religions. This proclamation is considered the beginning of the Baha'i faith, although the religion was founded after the Bab's death. This day is holy to Baha'is and a day on which work is suspended. Its observation begins at about two hours after sunset on May 22. More... Discuss

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talk a mile a minute

To speak in a very quick or hurried manner; to talk very fast. More... Discuss