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mensuration

Definition: (noun) The act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule.
Synonyms:measuring
Usage:The mensuration of the faculties of the mind has, I believe, no place in the catalogue of known arts. Discuss.

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Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as predicate nouns (sometimes known as predicative nouns). These serve to rename or re-identify the subject. If the noun is accompanied by any direct modifiers (such as articles, adjectives, or prepositional phrases), the entire noun phrase acts in what way? More... Discuss

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The Blond Knight of Germany

Known as "the Blond Knight Of Germany," Erich Hartmann was the World War II Luftwaffe pilot now recognized as the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial combat. A master of stalk-and-ambush tactics, Hartmann scored 352 victories in 1,404 combat missions and was never shot down or forced to land due to enemy fire. During the war, Russians nicknamed him “Black Devil" due to the black tulip design he had added to his plane. Why was his plane sometimes lent to novice pilots? More... Discuss

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British Parliament Expels John Wilkes for Libelous, Racy Writings (1764)

Despite his notoriously dissolute reputation, Wilkes became a champion of the freedom of the press as a journalist and politician. While a member of the British Parliament, he repeatedly published criticisms of King George III, riling the monarch. During the 1760s, he was variously arrested, prosecuted, shot in the stomach, and expelled from Parliament multiple times, ostensibly for his racy writings. When a constituent told Wilkes that he would rather vote for the devil, how did Wilkes respond? More... Discuss

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Janis Joplin (1943)

Joplin began singing folk rock in Texas bars after running away from home at the age of 17. In 1966, she moved to San Francisco and became lead vocalist of the rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. The band catapulted Joplin to stardom. By the late 1960s, she was almost as well known for her unconventional lifestyle as for her gritty, memorable vocals. Before her death from a heroin overdose at 27, she released hit albums with two other bands beside Big Brother. What were they called? More... Discuss

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Men may keep a sort of level of good, but no man has ever been able to keep on one level of evil.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

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What kind of error results from a modifier that is placed too far away from the word(s) it modifies?



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n. the transmission of heat or electricity or sound
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Timqat

Because the Ethiopian Christmas, Ganna, falls on January 7, Epiphany (Timqat) is celebrated on January 19. It celebrates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It begins at sunset on Epiphany Eve, when people dress in white and go to their local church. From there they form a procession with the tabot, or holy ark, in which the ancient Israelites put the Tablets of the Law, or Torah. They accompany it to a lake, stream, or pond. It is placed in a tent, where it is guarded all night while the clergy and villagers sing, dance, and eat until the baptismal service the following morning. More... Discuss

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long-run

(used before a noun) Involving, maturing after, or lasting for a long period of time. More... Discuss