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clothier

Definition: (noun) A merchant who sells men's clothing.
Synonyms:haberdasher
Usage:It was for the next generation to patronize clothiers who kept each suit on its separate hanger. Discuss. Play

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Common Prepositional Errors

Some common errors that arise when trying to determine the appropriate preposition to use with a particular kind of verb. How are prepositions used with transitive verbs? More... Discuss

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Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi is a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic focused on the acceptance of transience. The aesthetic is described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, concepts derived from Buddhist beliefs about the nature of existence. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity, simplicity, modesty, and intimacy—all of which are aspects perceived in nature. What type of art forms are derived from the wabi-sabi aesthetic? More... Discuss

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After 16 Years of Terrorizing New York City, Mad Bomber Arrested (1957)

Known as the Mad Bomber, George P. Metesky terrorized New York City for 16 years in the 1940s and 1950s with dozens of explosive devices that he planted in terminals, libraries, offices, phone booths, storage lockers, and restrooms in public buildings. He also bombed movie theaters by hiding his bombs within the upholstery of the seats. Metesky planted at least 33 bombs, and despite the fact that he often placed warning calls in advance of his bombings, 15 people were injured. Why did he do it? More... Discuss

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Sir Francis Bacon (1561)

Bacon was a British statesman and philosopher widely regarded as the father of modern scientific method. His elaborate classification of the sciences inspired the 18th-century French Encyclopedists, and his empiricism inspired 19th-century British philosophers of science. Bacon began his public career as a member of Parliament, later serving as attorney general and lord chancellor. However, his career as a public servant ended when he was convicted and briefly imprisoned in 1621 for what crime? More... Discuss

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So, let us not be blind to our differences—but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Discuss

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tr.v. To give a thrashing to; beat
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St. Vincent's Day

São Vicente (St. Vincent of Saragossa) is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More... Discuss

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up the walls

Extremely busy or overworked; having many things to contend with at once. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More... Discuss