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supernumerary

Definition: (adjective) More than is needed, desired, or required.
Synonyms:excess, extra, redundant, supererogatory, surplus, superfluous, spare
Usage:His appearance...is apt to occasion some little stir at the tea-table of a farmhouse, and the addition of a supernumerary dish of cakes or sweetmeats, or, peradventure, the parade of a silver teapot. Discuss. Play

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Viewpoint Adverbs and Sentence Placement

Viewpoint adverbs are used to indicate whose point of view is being expressed, or to specify what aspect of something one is talking about. Where do viewpoint adverbs usually appear in a sentence? More... Discuss

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Demiurge

Derived from a Greek word meaning "artisan" or "public worker," the Demiurge was first described by Plato in his dialogue Timaeus, in which he identifies the Demiurge as the force that fashioned the world from the preexisting materials of chaos. In Gnosticism, the Demiurge is regarded as an inferior deity who created the imperfect, material world and belongs to the forces of evil opposing the supreme God of goodness. What are some of the many names of the Demiurge? More... Discuss

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Oil Rig Accidentally Drains Lake Peigneur (1980)

When Leonce Viator, Jr., set out in his boat for a day of fishing on Louisiana's Lake Peigneur, he never imagined he would end up fighting for his life. But that is exactly what happened after an oil rig on the lake's surface accidentally bored through the roof of a salt mine beneath it. Like a bathtub whose plug has been pulled, the lake began draining into the mine, creating a whirlpool that sucked in not just water but barges, trees, and acres of surrounding land. What happened to Viator? More... Discuss

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Selma Lagerlöf (1858)

Lagerlöf was a Swedish author who is best known for her children's book, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. While working as a teacher, Lagerlöf got her big break as a writer when chapters of her first novel, Gösta Berling's Saga, won first prize in a literary contest. Lagerlöf rooted her work in legend in a reaction against contemporary Swedish realism. In 1909, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. What did she do with her medal during World War II? More... Discuss

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Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

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Which of the following does the verb be conjugate for?







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n. a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur
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wipe out
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forego
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Mawlid al-Nabi (Maulid al-Nabi)

Mawlid al-Nabi celebrates the birth of Muhammed, the founder of Islam. Born in Mecca around 570, he was a shepherd and a trader who began to receive revelations from God when he was 40 years old. Over the next 23 years he not only established a religion but brought an unprecedented political unity to Arab tribes. Muhammad's birth began to be observed as a public holiday about the 12th century. It is celebrated with the recitation of litanies in mosques, and with firecrackers and gift-giving throughout the Middle East and countries with prominent Muslim populations. More... Discuss

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take a bawling out

To receive a very severe rebuke, chastisement, or scolding (from someone). More... Discuss