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visage

Definition: (noun) The face or facial expression of a person.
Synonyms:physiognomy, smiler, kisser, phiz, countenance, mug
Usage:A small bonnet of black silk … was placed on the back of her head, but so as not to shade her visage in the least. Discuss. Play

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Prepositions Used for Different Media

We use the preposition "in" when we are talking about something appearing in printed media. What preposition do we use to talk about something appearing on televised or digital media? More... Discuss

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Melungeon

"Melungeon" is a controversial term applied to a group of people who traditionally lived near the Cumberland Gap area of central Appalachia in the US and who have mixed Native American, white, and black ancestry. Though culturally and linguistically identical to their white neighbors and generally well-integrated, melungeons began being pejoratively identified as such in the period of heightened racial tensions leading up to the Civil War. What is known about the group’s history and origins? More... Discuss

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Battle of Edgehill (1642)

The Battle of Edgehill was the first major engagement of the English Civil War, fought between the Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. The battle ended in a draw, and its inconclusive result prevented either faction from gaining a quick victory in the war, which eventually resulted in the execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth. What did a group of Parliamentarian troops under Faithfull Fortescue do when the Royalists charged them? More... Discuss

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John William "Johnny" Carson (1925)

Two years after a 12-year-old Carson sent away for a magic kit, "The Great Carsoni" gave his first performance. He continued his show business career by working as a radio announcer and television comedy writer and went on to host several television quiz shows from 1955 to 1962. He first appeared on The Tonight Show in 1958. He was permanent host from 1962 to 1992, and his personable demeanor and wry humor made it America's most popular late-night program. How many times was he married? More... Discuss

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The majority of people spoil their lives by an unhealthy and exaggerated altruism.

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What can coordinating conjunctions link together?




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tr.v. To precede, as in time or place
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Chulalongkorn Day

Chulalongkorn Day is a national holiday in Thailand commemorating King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), the king who abolished slavery and introduced numerous reforms when the country was still called Siam. He succeeded to the throne in 1868 when he was 15 years old, was crowned in 1873, and ruled until his death in 1910. He had been a pupil of Anna Leonowens, who taught the young prince about Abraham Lincoln. The story of her stay in the royal court, and her teaching of the royal children and concubines, was told in Margaret Landon's book, Anna and the King of Siam. More... Discuss

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don't let the door hit you on the way out

Leave here quickly and directly; don't linger on your way out the door. Used sarcastically to express one's desire to see someone leave. More... Discuss