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unwieldy

Definition: (adjective) Difficult to carry or manage because of size, shape, weight, or complexity.
Synonyms:unmanageable
Usage:She shifted the unwieldy groceries in her arms and looked for an empty shopping cart. Discuss. Play

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Forming Plural Nouns

Plurals of nouns are used to indicate when there is more than one person, place, animal, or thing. The normal method for making nouns plural is to add an "-s" at the end of the noun. When do we add "-es" to render a noun plural? More... Discuss

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Consuelo Vanderbilt

Consuelo Vanderbilt, a member of the prominent and wealthy Vanderbilt family, was seen as the ultimate marital prize of the Victorian age. Though she was in love with another man, Consuelo was pressured by her overbearing mother to marry Charles Spencer-Churchill, Duke of Marlborough. The couple subsequently divorced, and Consuelo went on to marry Jacques Balsan, a record-breaking balloon and hydroplane pilot. How much money did the Duke of Marlborough collect upon marrying Consuelo? More... Discuss

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Vasco Núñez de Balboa Reaches Pacific Ocean (1513)

Balboa was a Spanish conquistador who, while fleeing creditors, hid on a vessel and wound up in Panama. Once there, he founded the Panamanian colony of Darién, the first stable settlement on the South American continent, and won the friendship of the indigenous people—which was unusual given the cruelty of most conquistadors. Balboa then crossed the Isthmus of Panama and reached the Pacific Ocean, claiming it and all shores washed by it for the Spanish crown. What did he call this ocean? More... Discuss

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Dmitri Shostakovich (1906)

Although Shostakovich is regarded as the greatest Russian composer after Igor Stravinsky, he was denounced multiple times by the authorities and had his work banned during his lifetime. The first denunciation—of his opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, in which he experimented with avant-garde trends—made a strong impression on him and led him to adopt a very different style that was serious and elegiac, with a directness aimed at the public. What brought him back into Stalin's good graces? More... Discuss

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Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Discuss

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Which of the following is something that semi-modal verbs cannot do?







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n. A dessert of cake infused with a liquid such as coffee or rum, layered with a rich cheese filling, and topped with grated chocolate
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James Dean Festival

James Dean (1931–1955), the legendary film actor and star of Rebel Without a Cause, remains the subject of adulation even decades after his early death. The star's hometown of Fairmount, Indiana, contributes to the ongoing tribute by dedicating an annual four-day festival to the icon. Thousands of fans survey Dean memorabilia and his personal items. Additional events include free showings of the star's most celebrated films, a James Dean look-alike contest, fashion shows, and a trivia contest. Another tradition, the James Dean Car Show, has existed since 1980. More... Discuss

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by stealth

In an undetected way; silently and secretly. More... Discuss