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elegy

Definition: (noun) A mournful poem; a lament for the dead.
Synonyms:lament, requiem, dirge
Usage:Standing beside his departed friend's casket, Mike delivered a moving elegy that brought everyone in the room to tears. Discuss. Play

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Types of Dashes

There are two similar but distinct punctuation marks called dashes: the en dash ( – ) and the em dash ( — ). Why are they so named? More... Discuss

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The Siege Tower

Dating to antiquity, siege towers were large, portable structures that aided soldiers in scaling defensive walls and shielded them as they did so. The massive towers were filled with soldiers and then wheeled up to the walls of a besieged fortress, whereupon gangplanks would be lowered to allow the invading force access. Archers and catapults were often positioned on top of the towers so that they could fire upon enemies during an assault. What protected the wooden towers from flaming arrows? More... Discuss

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Tonight Hosted by Steve Allen Premieres on NBC (1954)

In 1954, Tonight debuted with 32-year-old Steve Allen hosting. The humorous late-night talk show came to occupy a prominent place in American television and has aired for more than 50 years, usually on weeknights. Some of its longer-running hosts have included Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, and Jay Leno, each backed by house musicians. In 1960, Paar walked off stage in the middle of a show, angry that censors had cut one of his jokes. He returned weeks later. What was the joke? More... Discuss

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Cosimo de' Medici (1389)

The son of a Florentine banker, Cosimo de' Medici was an able financier who vastly expanded the family's banking business. In 1433, he was banished from the city by a rival family but returned a year later. With the support of the people, he became the first of the Medici family to rule Florence. He sought a balance of power among the Italian states and made his power as little felt as possible. He was also a noted patron of scholarship and the arts. What celebrated sculptor did he support? More... Discuss

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The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself.

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Cabrillo Festival

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo was the Portuguese explorer who discovered California on September 28, 1542, when he sailed into the bay that would eventually be called San Diego. In the San Diego area, Cabrillo Day celebrations were relatively modest until the early 1960s, when the week-long Cabrillo Festival became a yearly event. Activities include Portuguese-American music and dancing, the placing of a wreath at the base of Cabrillo's statue on Point Loma, and a costumed reenactment of the discovery of San Diego Bay. More... Discuss

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get wise to (someone or something)

To become fully aware or cognizant of someone or something, especially if he, she, or it is suspicious, illegal, or malicious in nature or intention. More... Discuss