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crabbed

Definition: (adjective) Irritable and perverse in disposition; ill-tempered.
Synonyms:fussy, grouchy, grumpy, cross
Usage:I first put out my tacky lawn ornaments as a practical joke, but after my persnickety, crabbed neighbor lodged a complaint about them, I dug my heels in and refused to take them down. Discuss. Play

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The Predicate

The predicate is, essentially, everything in the sentences that follows the subject. It is made up of at least one finite verb. What is a compound predicate? More... Discuss

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Status Quo Ante Bellum

The Latin term status quo—literally "the state in which"—is commonly, and often casually, used to refer to an existing state of affairs. However, when the words ante bellum are tacked on to the end of the phrase, it is transformed into a very specific and weighty legal principle relating to the cessation of international hostilities. When belligerent parties negotiating a peace treaty agree to the principle of status quo ante bellum, they are consenting to do what? More... Discuss

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Body of Lindbergh Baby Found (1932)

In one of America's most notorious crimes, the infant son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh was kidnapped and murdered in 1932. The massive search effort included unprecedented federal involvement, and Lindbergh even met with organized crime figures in an attempt to determine the whereabouts of his son. Ten weeks after the boy disappeared, his corpse was found just miles from the Lindbergh home. Four years after the kidnapping, a riotous trial resulted in the conviction and execution of whom? More... Discuss

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Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910)

Hodgkin developed a passion for chemistry at an early age and went on to become a leader in the field of X-ray crystallography. In 1948, she and her colleagues made the first X-ray photograph of vitamin B12—one of the most complex nonprotein compounds—and eventually determined its atomic arrangement. Her work in determining its structure, as well as that of other biochemical compounds, won her a 1964 Nobel Prize. In 1969, Hodgkin completed a similar three-dimensional analysis of what hormone? More... Discuss

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There is no feeling, perhaps, except the extremes of fear and grief, that does not find relief in music.

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When must a semicolon be used to divide elements in a list?




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n. rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air and retards your fall
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Boston Pops

Henry Lee Higginson, who established the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1881, believed that in the summer, "concerts of a lighter kind of music" should be presented. People began to refer fondly to these summer concerts as "the Pops," a name which became official in 1900. The Boston Pops tailors its programs around American music and musicians, medleys of popular songs, and familiar movements of classical works. Outside of its official concert season at Symphony Hall, where it performs through May and June, the Pops also tours the United States. More... Discuss

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in (the) bud

In an undeveloped, immature, or incipient state. More... Discuss