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bumptious

Definition: (adjective) Crudely or loudly assertive.
Synonyms:cocky, forward, arrogant, brash, swaggering, vaunting, pushy
Usage:I could hardly believe that the bumptious young suitor I had once turned away had grown into the polite, refined gentleman standing before me. Discuss. Play

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Aspects of the Past Tense

We use different aspects with verbs in the past tense to describe exactly how an event is structured in relation to a point in time in the past. When is the past perfect continuous used? More... Discuss

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Music Video Games

Music video games require players to interact with songs in order to advance gameplay. Perhaps the best known music video games are Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero, which are sub-categorized as rhythm games, since players must press the buttons on specialized controllers in time with the game's music. Other music video games, such as Karaoke Revolution, score players on their ability to match pitch while singing. What is considered the first rhythm video game? More... Discuss

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"The Cinderella Man" Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935)

For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More... Discuss

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Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863)

A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own "Lucile, Ltd." shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger on the Titanic and survived its sinking by boarding Lifeboat 1 with her husband. What did the tabloids allege about their escape from the ship? More... Discuss

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Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman—a rope over an abyss ... What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

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Identify the intensifier in the following sentence.
“Almost everyone in the group was incredibly excited to go sightseeing in New York City.”




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Feast of St. Anthony of Padua

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1195, and is the patron saint of Portugal. The festivities held here in his honor begin on the evening of June 12 with an impressive display of marchas, walking groups of singers and musicians, who parade along the Avenida da Liberdade. The celebration continues the next day with more processions and traditional folk dancing. Another custom of the day is for a young man to present the girl he hopes to marry with a pot of basil concealing a verse or love letter. More... Discuss

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lightning quick

(hyphenated if used before a noun) Incredibly fast; too quick to keep up with. More... Discuss