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blister

Definition: (verb) Subject to harsh criticism.
Synonyms:scald, whip
Usage:The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday. Discuss.

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Personal Pronouns and Case

When a personal pronoun is acting as the subject of a verb, it is said to be in the subjective case. A personal pronoun is in the objective case when it is a direct or indirect object of a verb. What is the genitive case? More... Discuss

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Codex Vigilanus

Completed by three monks in 976, the Codex Vigilanus is an illuminated compilation of historical documents from the Visigothic period in Spain. Named after one of its illustrators, Vigila, the codex contains a variety of texts, including the Visigothic code, the canons of the Councils of Toledo, the decrees of several early popes, and various pieces of civil and canon law. It also contains a calendar, historical narratives, and the first mention and representation in the West of what? More... Discuss

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Coney Island's Dreamland Park Burns (1911)

Dreamland was, for a brief time, one of the many attractions in Coney Island—a popular New York seaside resort area. An amusement park, Dreamland featured rides and exhibitions of curiosities, including caged animals, and, more bizarrely, a display of premature infants in incubators. In 1911, a fire sparked by light bulbs ripped through the largely wooden park, creating chaos as animals escaped. Fortunately, the babies were carried to safety, and no one was killed. What became of Dreamland? More... Discuss

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Julia Ward Howe (1819)

An American author and social reformer, Howe wrote and lectured on behalf of women's suffrage, African-American emancipation, and other causes and helped found a world peace organization. In November 1861, after watching Union troops march into battle during the US Civil War, she wrote "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," her most famous work. Published in February 1862 in The Atlantic Monthly, it became the semiofficial song of the Union Army. Where did the music for the song come from? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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November, n.: The eleventh twelfth of a weariness.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

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carelessly
cautiously
figuratively
yieldingly
here
at the least
disobediently
literally
at the most
thither

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Which of the following sentences must have a comma?




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n. a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
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arrant
double-dyed
creaky
thwartwise
callow
depressed
transversal
derelict
downcast
unfledged

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Indianapolis 500

The "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," popularly known as the Indy 500, is actually the culmination of a month-long event. It begins the first week in May with a parade around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the two-and-a-half-mile oval track on which the race takes place. Then there are qualifying races to determine who will participate in the final race, which is held on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The race itself, which has been held in Indianapolis since 1911, regularly attracts about 400,000 spectators, in addition to a nationwide television audience. More... Discuss

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be (of) no use to man or beast

To be completely useless; to serve no purpose; to be unsuitable to anyone or anything. More... Discuss