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clincher

Definition: (noun) An argument that is conclusive.
Synonyms:determiner
Usage:My final point was the clincher and won me the debate. Discuss. Play

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Beginning a Sentence with a Coordinating Conjunction

Many of us have been taught at some point that we should never begin a sentence with a coordinating conjunction. What do most grammarians and nearly all style guides state about this? More... Discuss

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The Xinhai Revolution

Beginning with the 1911 Wuchang Uprising and ending with the abdication of China's last emperor in 1912, the Xinhai Revolution ended China's Qing dynasty and established one of the first Asian republics. The revolution was motivated by frustrations with foreign intervention and a weak and corrupt government, and its leader, Sun Yat-sen, is considered a Chinese hero. The "Anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution" is celebrated in mainland China, while "Double Tenth Day" is celebrated where? More... Discuss

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"Casey at the Bat" Published in the San Francisco Examiner (1888)

"Casey at the Bat" was one of the most popular poems in late 19th-century America. Recited in vaudeville performances and later taken up by many celebrities, the poem tells the story of an overconfident baseball player—the "mighty Casey"—who strikes out while trying to show off. Ernest Thayer, who wrote the poem, avoided acknowledging authorship for many years because he thought it was embarrassingly bad. Which two real-life towns have laid claim to being the Mudville mentioned in the poem? More... Discuss

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Raoul Dufy (1877)

Dufy was a French designer and painter best known for his outdoor scenes of gaiety and leisure, like horse races, parades, and concerts. He also designed textiles and illustrated books. Dufy studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and experimented with Impressionism and, later, Fauvism. In the early 1920s, he developed his distinctive style characterized by sketchily drawn objects on bright, decorative backgrounds. Later, he completed one of the largest modern paintings, an ode to what? More... Discuss

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Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing, and dancing sooner than war.

Homer (900 BC-800 BC) Discuss

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Which of the following sentences uses a predicative adjective?




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n. A stationary set of chromatically tuned bells in a tower, usually played from a keyboard
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Charlottetown Festival

The Charlottetown Festival is devoted entirely to musicals by Canadians. Held from June through mid-October on Prince Edward Island, the festival presents three full-scale musicals every year. One of these is always Anne of Green Gables, a story about rural life on the island at the turn of the century, written by island-born novelist Lucy Maud Montgomery. The festival also offers plays for children, Sunday evening pop concerts, and a series of short plays and musical events. More... Discuss

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What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?

A rhetorical question calling attention to a non-sequitur or irrelevant statement or suggestion made by another person. More... Discuss