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first-class

Definition: (adjective) Very good; of the highest quality.
Synonyms:excellent, fantabulous, splendid
Usage:The power of the lantern seemed increased a hundredfold, like a lamp through the lenticular plates of a first-class lighthouse. Discuss. Play

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Infinitives

An infinitive is the most basic form of a verb. It is "unmarked" (not conjugated for tense or person), and it is preceded by the particle "to." What is a split infinitive? More... Discuss

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Trypanophobia

It is estimated that at least 10 percent of American adults are trypanophobic, meaning they have an abnormal fear of medical procedures involving hypodermic needles. Sufferers exposed to such procedures may experience anxiety, faintness, sweating, nausea, and panic attacks, and they may therefore avoid inoculations, blood tests, and, in extreme cases, all medical care. How many deaths have been attributed to vasovagal shock stemming from trypanophobia? More... Discuss

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Clint Malarchuk's Carotid Artery Slashed during Ice Hockey Game (1989)

Malarchuk is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League from 1981 to 1992. He is perhaps best known for sustaining a life-threatening injury during a 1989 game, when two players collided in front of his goal, and one of the players' skate blades slashed Malarchuk's internal carotid artery. Remarkably, Malarchuk was able to skate off the ice despite bleeding heavily. He survived because his team's athletic trainer, a former army medic, did what? More... Discuss

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Marcel Marceau (1923)

Marceau was a French actor and mime who gained renown in 1947 with the creation of Bip, a sad, white-faced clown with a tall, battered hat—reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin's Tramp. Noted for his eloquent, deceptively simple portrayals, he earned worldwide acclaim in the 1950s with his production of the "mimodrama" of Nikolai Gogol's Overcoat. In 1978, he founded a school of mimodrama in Paris. How did Marceau's miming help save children from the Nazis during World War II? More... Discuss

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For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Discuss

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Which of the following is not a function of the modal verb must?




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n. The spirit or the body of beliefs, customs, or practices of the Middle Ages
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Hola Mohalla

Hola Mohalla is a three-day Sikh festival celebrated in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab, India, on the day after Holi, the colorful water-tossing springtime festival. Mock battles with ancient weapons are staged, and there are also exhibitions of traditional martial arts like archery and fencing. The important Sikh prophet, Guru Gobind Singh, started this fair sometime between 1680 and 1700. More... Discuss

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born in the purple

Born into royalty. Purple is a color traditionally associated with royalty. More... Discuss