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somatic

Definition: (adjective) Affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit.
Synonyms:corporeal, bodily
Usage:Though anxiety attacks are psychological in nature, they have numerous somatic effects, including palpitations, shortness of breath, and dizziness. Discuss. Play

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Indefinite Pronouns

An indefinite pronoun is used in place of a noun without specifying a particular person or thing that is being represented. Why are many pronouns that refer to more than one—e.g., everything, everyone, much, etc.— considered singular? More... Discuss

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Fort Gadsden

Florida's Fort Gadsden was the site of two successive forts. The first was built by the British during the War of 1812, when the area was under Spanish control. When the British left in 1815, they handed control of the fort over to the local population of Seminoles and escaped slaves, and it became known as "Negro Fort." The next year, US forces attacked the fort, hitting an ammunition stockpile and killing more than 250 of the 300 there. Who joined the US forces in the attack? More... Discuss

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US Supreme Court Classifies Tomatoes as Vegetables, Not Fruit (1893)

To most of us, a fruit is a sweet plant part eaten as a dessert or snack, but to a botanist, a fruit is a mature ovary of a plant. All species of flowering plants produce fruits that contain seeds. A vegetable, on the other hand, is simply part of a plant that is grown primarily for food. The tomato—one of the newer additions to world cuisine—can be said to meet both criteria but is technically a fruit. Why was the Supreme Court tasked with classifying the tomato in the first place? More... Discuss

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Gustav Stresemann (1878)

A German statesman, Stresemann entered the Reichstag in 1907 as a deputy of the National Liberal party. During World War I, he supported the monarchy and an annexationist policy, but after the proclamation of a German republic in 1918, he founded the conservative German People's party and turned to a conciliatory policy. As chancellor and foreign minister of the Weimar Republic from 1923, he worked to reconcile former enemy nations to Germany. With whom did he share the 1926 Nobel Peace Prize? More... Discuss

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We are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts.

Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942) Discuss

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In what way are linking verbs different from factitive verbs?




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v. To become pregnant with (offspring)
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Golden Spike Anniversary

This reenactment of the completion of America's transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, has been held since 1952. Reproductions of the Central Pacific's "Jupiter" and Union Pacific's "119" meet at the site of the ceremony. Then, the Golden Spike and three other spikes are tapped into a special railroad tie; at 12:47 PM, an ordinary iron "last spike" is driven into the last tie, and the message "D-O-N-E" is sent by ham radio to the California State Railway Museum in Sacramento. More... Discuss

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be in for a treat

To be guaranteed to receive or experience something unexpectedly pleasant or beneficial. More... Discuss