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teetotal

Definition: (adjective) Practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages.
Synonyms:dry
Usage:I happen to be teetotal, so I will forgo the wine being served with dinner. Discuss. Play

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Factitive Verbs vs. Linking Verbs

Linking verbs and factitive verbs both tie a subject to another part of speech that provides more information about it. How do linking verbs differ from factitive verbs? More... Discuss

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Perpetual Motion

The expression "perpetual motion" arose in connection to the quest for a mechanism that, once set in motion, would continue to do useful work without an external source of energy. A mechanism using this type of motion, now called perpetual motion of the first kind, would clearly violate the now firmly established principle of conservation of energy. Still, this fact has not deterred inventors throughout history from proposing hypothetical perpetual motion machines. What are some of them? More... Discuss

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First Emmy Awards for Excellence in Television (1949)

The Emmy Awards are given for outstanding achievement in US television. They are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which was founded in 1946 and which held the first award ceremony in 1949. Its members vote on outstanding programs, actors, directors, and writers in such categories as drama, comedy, and variety. The Emmy's name is taken from the nickname "immy" for the image orthicon, a television camera tube. Who won the very first Emmy? More... Discuss

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Govert Teuniszoon Flinck (1615)

A student of Rembrandt, Flinck was a Dutch painter who is remembered mainly for his numerous portraits, many of which are held in the Rijks Museum in Amsterdam. Among his most famous works is the Blessing of Jacob, one of his many religious subjects. However, Flinck was also known for painting scenes from history, such as the Peace of Münster, which illustrates the famous treaty with 19 life-size figures. Flinck even painted his own likeness in the canvas. Where is it? More... Discuss

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We ought to see far enough into a hypocrite to see even his sincerity.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

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Which of these is an incorrect comparative adverb?




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n. A bone of the leg situated between the pelvis and knee in humans
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Sol (Korean Lunar New Year)

One of the biggest holidays of the year in Korea, Sol (or Seollal), the Lunar New Year, is celebrated largely by rural people and is a national holiday. On Sol, tradition calls for families to gather in their best clothes and for children to bow to parents and grandparents to reaffirm family ties. A soup made of rice dumplings called duggook is always served. It is customary to play yut, a game played with wooden blocks and a game board, and young girls bounce on a see-saw standing up. More... Discuss

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hard knocks

The real and practical experiences of life, especially those involving hardship or adversity. More... Discuss