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netherworld

Definition: (noun) The world of the dead.
Synonyms:Scheol, underworld, Hades, infernal region, Hell
Usage:He had nightmares about going to some fiery, haunted netherworld and awoke the next morning vowing to repent. Discuss. Play

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Using Prepositions with Verbs

Certain verbs require prepositions in order to connect to their sentences' objects. These combinations, known as "prepositional verbs," allow the prepositions to act as necessary links between verbs and nouns or gerunds. What are the prepositions used in these combinations sometimes called? More... Discuss

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Murphy's Law

Murphy's Law is the humorous axiom stating that anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. Its namesake is likely Edward A. Murphy, an engineer on US Air Force rocket-sled experiments. During one trial, someone methodically wired each sensor involved in an experiment backwards, prompting Murphy to remark, "If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it." How did Murphy's Law become known to the public? More... Discuss

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Japan Resumes Diplomatic Relations with China (1972)

The first Sino-Japanese War in the late 19th century damaged relations between the two countries for decades, as it marked the emergence of imperial Japan and saw harsh terms imposed on a badly defeated China. Relations did not improve until Kakuei Tanaka was elected prime minister of Japan in 1972. Shortly after his election, Tanaka visited China and signed an agreement establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and the Beijing regime. Who else made a historic visit to China in 1972? More... Discuss

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Miguel de Cervantes (1547)

Cervantes was a Spanish author best known for Don Quixote de la Mancha, his novel about an aging "knight." A superb burlesque of the popular romances of chivalry, the work was an enormous success and has had an indelible effect on the development of the European novel. Cervantes himself led an eventful life: he was imprisoned several times, captured by pirates, and sold as a slave. How long was he enslaved before his family managed to scrape together the money to secure his release? More... Discuss

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Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

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If capital letters show emphasis in pronunciation, which word is pronounced incorrectly?




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n. A food fish (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) of northern Atlantic waters, related to and resembling the cod
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Election of the Lord Mayor of London

Since 1546, Michaelmas has been the day on which the Lord Mayor of London is elected each year. Two candidates are chosen from among the city aldermen who have already served a term of office as sheriff. The ceremony begins when the current Lord Mayor, two sheriffs, and 26 aldermen walk from the Mansion House to Guildhall. The candidates proceed to the Aldermen's Court, a body of 13 aldermen whose job it is to select the mayor. Once the voting is over, an ornate horse-drawn coach carries the new mayor to the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's official residence since 1753. More... Discuss

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catch (on) fire

To begin to burn, usually after being touched by an existing fire. More... Discuss