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abscond

Definition: (verb) To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
Synonyms:go off, run off, decamp, bolt
Usage:Just as the case was about to go to trial, the lawyer panicked and absconded with his client's money. Discuss. Play

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Subjunctive Mood - Expressing Wishes

One of the most straightforward ways of using the subjunctive mood is when we want to describe a wish for something to be different than it is or was. How do we generally construct these sentences? More... Discuss

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Clarence Hudson White

An accountant with a passion for art, White began teaching himself photography by taking portraits of his friends and family in his spare time. In 1896, he won a gold medal from the Ohio Photographer's Association. As time passed, he became increasingly devoted to photography, helping to found the Photo-Secession movement in 1902 and, a few years later, moving to New York to pursue photography full time. He went on to become a renowned teacher of photography. Who are some of his famous students? More... Discuss

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Falklands War: Argentine Forces Surrender to the British (1982)

Both Argentina and Britain had long claimed sovereignty over the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic Ocean when, despite ongoing negotiations, Argentina invaded the islands with 10,000 troops in April 1982. About 250 British soldiers and about 700 Argentines died before Argentina surrendered, ending the undeclared, 74-day war. The defeat discredited Argentina's military government and helped lead to the restoration of civilian rule in 1983. Who claims sovereignty over the islands today? More... Discuss

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Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928)

Guevara was a Latin American revolutionary who developed guerrilla warfare as a tool for revolution. Born in Argentina, Guevara traveled widely as a medical student and became convinced that only violent revolt would end the poverty he witnessed. He joined the Cuban Revolution and became one of Fidel Castro's most trusted aides before leaving to foster revolutions elsewhere. He was killed in 1967 while directing a guerrilla movement in Bolivia. What is the meaning of Guevara's nickname, "Che"? More... Discuss

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There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss

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When are we able to use a colon to introduce a list or explanatory information?




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n. A conspiratorial group of plotters or intriguers
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Rice-Planting Festival at Osaka

There are many rituals associated with the growing of rice in Japanese farming communities. In many rural celebrations, young women in costume perform rituals including planting seedlings while singing rice-planting songs to the accompaniment of pipes and drums. On June 14 in Osaka, thousands congregate to observe a group of young kimono-clad women plant rice and sing in the sacred fields near the Sumiyoshi Shrine. Working rhythmically to the music, the young women appear to be participating in a dance rather than the hard work of planting. More... Discuss

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easier than falling off a log

Extremely easy; very intuitive; requiring little or no skill or effort. More... Discuss