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silver-tongued

Definition: (adjective) Having or exhibiting the power of fluent and persuasive speech.
Synonyms:eloquent, smooth-spoken, fluent, facile
Usage:The silver-tongued politician trounced his opponent in the debate and earned enthusiastic applause from his supporters. Discuss. Play

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Future Tense (Approximation)

Grammatically speaking, there are no future tenses in the English language. There are really only aspects of the future tense. What does that mean? More... Discuss

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Nickelodeons

In the early days of motion pictures, screenings were part of vaudeville shows and arcades. However, in 1902, a California shop that showed only moving pictures had great success. Soon, "movie houses" were springing up nationwide. The first movie theater, complete with luxurious accessories and a piano, was built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1905. A nickel was charged for admission, and the theater was called the nickelodeon. In general, how long were the films screened at nickelodeons? More... Discuss

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First Earth Day Celebrated (1970)

The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 to promote ecological ideas, encourage respect for life on earth, and highlight growing concern over pollution of the soil, air, and water. Earth Day is now observed in more than 140 nations with outdoor performances, exhibits, street fairs, and television programs that focus on environmental issues. In 1990, Earth Day was marked by an "International Peace Climb," in which climbers from the US, Soviet Union, and China scaled what peak together? More... Discuss

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Henry Fielding (1707)

Fielding was an English novelist and dramatist known for his humor and satire. He settled in London in 1729 and began writing comedies, farces, and burlesques, including Tom Thumb. Two of his satires attacked the Walpole government and provoked the Licensing Act of 1737, which initiated censorship of the stage and ended his career as a playwright. He thereupon turned to writing novels, publishing his most popular work, Tom Jones, in 1749. Why did he travel to Portugal in 1754? More... Discuss

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I'll give you my opinion of the human race in a nutshell...their heart's in the right place, but their head is a thoroughly inefficient organ.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss

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Which of the following voices is typically regarded as the default voice?




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tr.v. To give a thrashing to; beat
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Paasmaandag

Easter Monday, or Paasmaandag, is celebrated in the Netherlands with games played with Easter eggs. Eierrapen, or hunting for eggs, is a favorite pastime among younger children. Eiertikken, or hitting hard-boiled eggs together, is a sport for children of all ages. In rural areas, the eggs are packed in baskets and carried to an open field for the eiertikken contest. At a given signal, the children line up and try to break the shell of an opposing team member's egg by knocking them together. The winner keeps the opponent's egg, and the child who collects the most eggs wins. More... Discuss

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come thick and fast

To come rapidly and in large quantities (as in an attack). More... Discuss