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harebrained

Definition: (adjective) Very foolish.
Synonyms:insane, mad
Usage:She devised a harebrained scheme to get her money back, but it ended up landing her in jail. Discuss.

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Using Parentheses with Complete Sentences

When a parenthetical element stands on its own as a complete sentence (or multiple sentences), then the opening parenthesis will appear after the period of the previous sentence, and the closing parenthesis will appear before the first word of the next sentence (unless it appears at the end of a paragraph). How is the sentence within the parentheses punctuated? More... Discuss

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Coke or Pepsi?

The rivalry between soft drink manufacturers PepsiCo and The Coca-Cola Company—epitomized by a series of marketing campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s—is simply known as the Cola Wars. In their ongoing battle for supremacy in the soft drink market, the two companies have employed several different tactics, including commercials featuring pop stars, programs to reward loyal customers with free merchandise, and even revisions of their signature products, including what controversial changes? More... Discuss

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Nuclear Submarine USS Scorpion Sinks, Cause Unknown (1968)

On May 21, 1968, the crew of the US Navy's Scorpion submarine engaged in communications with land stations. Six days later, the submarine was reported overdue. After an unsuccessful search, the Scorpion and its crew were "presumed lost." However, in October, a Navy research ship located sections of the submarine's hull in approximately 10,000 feet (3,048 m) of water about 400 miles (644 km) southwest of the Azores. What are some theories about how the Scorpion may have sunk? More... Discuss

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Mary Cassatt (1844)

Cassatt was an American figure painter and etcher. As a young art student, she moved to Paris, where she was inspired by the work of Edgar Degas, with whom she developed a friendship. She allied herself with the Impressionists early in her career, but, in the late 1880s, she began experimenting with other styles and techniques. Many of Cassatt's best-known works are intimate depictions of mothers and children. What cause did she take up when cataracts put a stop to her painting career? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that ... imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

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discharge
release
oppress
draft
roll up
freeze
vomit
keep down
boil
unfurl

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Which of the following is in the past perfect form?




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adj. Impossible to hear
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top-notch
fascinating
engrossing
A-one
stringy
sooty
madcap
hotheaded
pitchy
wiry

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Today's Holiday

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National Maritime Day

It was President Franklin D. Roosevelt who first proclaimed May 22 as National Maritime Day in 1933. Since that time, observations of this day have grown in popularity, particularly in American port cities. Ships are opened to the public, maritime art and essay contests are held, and parades and band concerts are common. Environmentalists sometimes take advantage of the attention focused on the country's maritime heritage on this day to draw attention to pollution and deterioration of maritime environments, particularly in large commercial ports like New York City. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

no one in his/her/their right mind would (do something)

No one who is sane would consider doing something; someone would have to be crazy to do something. (In this case, "their" is used as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun.) More... Discuss