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minatory

Definition: (adjective) Threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments.
Synonyms:menacing, ominous, sinister, baleful, forbidding
Usage:Number 3, Lauriston Gardens wore an ill-omened and minatory look. Discuss. Play

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Concrete and Abstract Nouns

Concrete nouns name people, places, or things with physical properties. Abstract nouns name intangible things, such as concepts, feelings, characteristics, etc. Gerunds are verbs that end in "-ing" and function as nouns. Are they concrete or abstract? More... Discuss

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Vacuums

Existing only in theory, a vacuum is space without matter in it. The most nearly perfect vacuum exists in intergalactic space, which is estimated to contain less than one molecule per cubic meter. By comparison, air at sea level contains about 30 billion billion molecules per cubic centimeter. Several kinds of pumps have been devised for removing the molecules from a space, but even the best man-made vacuums still contain matter. What eight-legged creature can survive for days in a vacuum? More... Discuss

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"Mary Had a Little Lamb" Published (1830)

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a 19th century American nursery rhyme. It was written by Sarah Josepha Hale, who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family and who eventually became an influential editor and arbiter of American taste. Thomas Edison recited part of the poem to test his invention of the phonograph, and a host of musicians have recorded versions of it. The nursery rhyme is said to have been based on an actual incident in which what happened? More... Discuss

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Suzanne Lenglen (1899)

One of the first international female sports stars, Lenglen was a French tennis player and a prolific champion. She won 31 championship titles from 1914 to 1926, including the world hard-court singles and doubles titles (1914); French women's singles (1920–23, 1925–26); and British women's singles crowns and doubles (1919-1923, 1925). In 1920, she won a gold medal at the Olympic Games. The first female tennis celebrity and a flamboyant trendsetter, she was given what nickname by the press? More... Discuss

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All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.

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Which of the following is the correct conjugation of the verb be in the third-person present singular?




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adj. supplying or being a final or conclusive settlement
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Northwest Folklife Festival

The Northwest Folklife Festival is an international four-day event started in 1972 in Seattle, Washington. The emphasis is on amateur performers and ethnicity, with some 100 countries represented. Events include music and dance on 17 stages; demonstrations by artisans of such skills as leather tanning, boatbuilding, blacksmithing, and broom making; and an International Food Village that offers food from more than 30 nations. The festival spans the Memorial Day weekend, starting on Friday and winding up on Monday. More... Discuss

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a good scout

An honest, affable, reliable, and trustworthy person. More... Discuss