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Word of the Day

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innocuous

Definition: (adjective) Having no adverse effect.
Synonyms:harmless
Usage:That mushroom may look innocuous, but it is in fact deadly. Discuss. Play

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Adjectives

Adjectives are used almost exclusively to modify nouns, as well as any phrase or part of speech functioning as a noun. Some adjectives appear directly before (or sometimes directly after) the noun or pronoun they modify. What are these called? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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Stupas

Stupas are dome-shaped monuments erected in memory of the Buddha or Buddhist saints, often marking a sacred spot, commemorating an event, or housing a relic. A simple stupa consists of a circular earthenware base supporting a solid dome topped with an umbrella that symbolizes protection. Originally, such mounds served as burial places for royalty. The tradition was appropriated by Buddhists, who worship by walking clockwise around the stupa. What well-known Asian structures evolved from stupas? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Émile Zola Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (1902)

Zola had an ardent zeal for social reform. His part in the Dreyfus Affair, notably his 1898 article "J'accuse," was his most conspicuous public action and earned him the animosity of the anti-Dreyfus party. Prosecuted for libel, he escaped to England, where he remained until an amnesty enabled his return to France. A couple of years later, he died suddenly under suspicious circumstances, overcome by carbon-monoxide fumes in his sleep. Was it just a tragic accident or something more sinister? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Pompey the Great (106 BCE)

Pompey was a Roman general and the rival of Julius Caesar. Along with Caesar and Crassus, he was a member of the First Triumvirate established in 61 BCE. After the death of Pompey's wife, Caesar's daughter Julia, Pompey and Caesar became enemies. When Pompey received the sole consulship as the leader of the senatorial party, Caesar broke with the senate and crossed the Rubicon, and a civil war began. Pompey was defeated at Pharsalus and fled to Egypt, where he was assassinated while doing what? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world ... but people don't know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen.

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Mismatch

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incredible
two-sided
transient
believable
falling
long-term
ignoble
noble
nonreversible
rising

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Grammar Quiz

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Which of the following is not an independent clause?




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tr.v. To celebrate or observe with dignity and gravity
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buccaneer
bullfighter
hilarity
sea rover
caravansary
mirthfulness
subroutine
function
toreador
khan

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Today's Holiday

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Tura Michele Fair

On St. Michael's Day in Augsburg, Bavaria, there is an annual fair that attracts visitors from all over Germany. One of the fair's chief attractions is the appearance of figures representing the Archangel Michael and the Devil that are built into the foundation of Perlach Turm, or Tower (called Tura in local dialect). Whenever the tower bell strikes on St. Michael's Day, the Archangel appears and stabs with his pointed spear at the Devil writhing at his feet. For over four centuries spectators have gathered around the Tura to watch the symbolic drama reenacted on St. Michael's Day. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

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humorous An expression of concurrence, agreement, or willingness to participate in addition to others. Said after someone has said "me too" (i.e., "me as well"), thus creating a pun of "too" and "two." More... Discuss