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Word of the Day

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castigate

Definition: (verb) Censure severely.
Synonyms:chasten, chastise, objurgate
Usage:Often he would look back on his day of toil, and castigate himself for failing to fulfill his true purpose of the day. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Subordinating Conjunctions

Subordinating conjunctions are used to create complex sentences containing one independent clause, or main clause, and one dependent, or subordinate, clause. What two things does a subordinating conjunction do in a sentence? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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The Crypt of Civilization

Sealed in a chamber on the grounds of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, is an elaborate time capsule called the Crypt of Civilization. Inspired by the lack of information about ancient civilizations, university President Thornwell Jacobs devised the crypt in 1935 and spent the next five years deciding what to put in it. Likely the world's first time capsule, it was sealed in 1940 and is slated be reopened in the year 8113. What items were selected to be stored in the crypt? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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The Great Hinckley Fire (1894)

A months-long drought, elevated summer temperatures, and certain logging practices set the stage for what would become one of the deadliest fires in Minnesota's history. On September 1, 1894, several small fires in the forests of Pine County merged and grew into a firestorm that completely consumed six towns, including Hinckley, Mission Creek, and Brook Park, within hours. At least 418, and as many as 800, people were killed in the inferno. How did some residents manage to escape? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Engelbert Humperdinck (1854)

Perhaps best known for his name, Humperdinck was a German composer considered by some to be Richard Wagner's chosen successor. Though he produced his first composition at age seven, Humperdinck's parents urged him to study architecture. Instead, he began working with Wagner and winning awards for his compositions. Humperdinck's most famous work is his first opera, Hänsel und Gretel, popular for its fairy-tale subject and folk-inspired music. For whom did he compose its first four songs? More... BJD Dolls 1/4 SD Fashion Princess Mechanical Jointed Realistic A

Quotation of the Day

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Take nothing on its looks; take everything on evidence. There's no better rule.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

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Grammar Quiz

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If we are unsure whether a verb is an action verb or a linking verb, which kind of verb can we use as a substitute to check?




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n. A small hard mound or bump on a ski slope
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Today's Holiday

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Eritrean Start of the Armed Struggle Day

Between 1961 and 1991, the small country of Eritrea in eastern Africa waged a war of independence against Ethiopia. An important holiday that recognizes Eritrean sacrifices during this prolonged campaign is the Start of the Armed Struggle Day, also known as Bahti Meskerem, commemorating the first shot fired in 1961 at Mount Adal. The day's festivities take place in the country and in Eritrean communities throughout the world. Observances typically include a moment of silence in honor of the martyrs, the singing of the Eritrean national anthem, and public statements by dignitaries. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

make heavy going of (something)

To make something harder or more laborious to do, especially more than is usual or necessary. More... LZLYER Wall Lamp Chandelier Bedroom E27 Bar Hanging Pendant Lant