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thaumaturge

Definition: (noun) One who practices magic or sorcery.
Synonyms:necromancer, sorcerer, wizard, magician
Usage:The self-proclaimed thaumaturge bowed to his audience before disappearing in a puff of smoke. Discuss. Play

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Slashes

The slash ( / )—technically known as a virgule but also called a slant, solidus, or stroke—serves a number of purposes in writing. What are they? More... Discuss

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Witch Balls

A witch ball is a hollow sphere of plain or stained glass that was originally hung in windows to ward off evil spirits, witch's spells, or ill fortune. According to folk tales, the bright colors of witch balls, traditionally green or blue, would entice evil spirits, and strands inside the ball would capture them and prevent them from escaping. The colorful spheres eventually became popular simply as decorative objects. What modern decorations may have been inspired by witch balls? More... Discuss

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Patrick Henry: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!" (1775)

Henry was an American Revolutionary leader who gained a reputation as a skillful orator. A member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, he delivered his famous speech in defense of liberty to the Virginia Convention in 1775, concluding with the words "Give me liberty or give me death!" The speech is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the assembly to pass a resolution to send Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Which future presidents were in the audience during the speech? More... Discuss

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Akira Kurosawa (1910)

Regarded as one of the world's greatest directors for his ability to combine Japanese aesthetic and cultural elements with a Western sense of action and drama, Kurosawa became an assistant director and scenarist at PCL movie studio in 1936. He wrote and directed his first feature film in 1943 and earned international acclaim for Rashomon in 1950. His later classic films include Seven Samurai and Yojimbo. In 1990, Kurosawa won an Academy Award for what? More... Discuss

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Wine is a turncoat; first a friend and then an enemy.

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Which of the following marks of punctuation is used with declarative sentences?




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n. The monastic life or system, especially as practiced in a monastery
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Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Admirers of American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) gather to celebrate his work at the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival. The five-day event features performances of plays, master classes, literary tours of the city, concerts, a book fair, and poetry and prose readings. The festival closes with a "Stella-Shouting Contest," in which festivalgoers compete to imitate Stanley Kowalski's bellowing cry of "Stella!" as performed by Marlon Brando in the movie version of A Streetcar Named Desire. More... Discuss

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