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Word of the Day

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parochial

Definition: (adjective) Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook.
Synonyms:insular
Usage:After moving to a big city, she had little patience for what she considered to be her parents' parochial attitudes. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Defining Concrete Uncountable Nouns

Concrete nouns that are uncountable tend to be substances (such as "air," "wood," and "water") or collective categories of things (such as "furniture," "homework," and "luggage"). Concrete uncountable nouns cannot take numbers or plural forms. Why not? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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The Ancient Art of Juggling

Juggling is the art of repeatedly throwing objects—called "props"—into the air and catching them. The most popular props are balls, beanbags, rings, and clubs. Some jugglers use more dramatic objects such as knives and fire torches. Many ancient civilizations are believed to have practiced juggling, and it is depicted in ancient Egyptian wall paintings. In the Middle Ages, clerics frowned upon juggling as immoral, but today, it has had a resurgence in popularity. What is "gentleman juggling"? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Margaret Thatcher Becomes Prime Minister of the UK (1979)

Thatcher was Great Britain's first female prime minister and served longer than any other British prime minister in the 20th century. While in office, she initiated what became known as the "Thatcher Revolution," a series of social and economic changes that dismantled many aspects of Britain's postwar welfare state, establishing free-market economic policies and deregulating industries. Before embarking on her political career, she was a research chemist working with what popular dessert food? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Hosni Mubarak (1928)

After ascending the ranks of the Egyptian Air Force, Mubarak was appointed vice president of the Arab Republic of Egypt and became president after Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. As president, Mubarak sought to combat economic problems, but his rule suppressed legitimate dissent, tolerated widespread corruption, and faced continued opposition from militant Muslim fundamentalists. Protests in early 2011 led the military to force him to resign. How many days had these protests lasted? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country, and a considerate humanity should be the aim of all beneath it.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) Discuss

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reprobate
wrongness
atomism
futurity
positivity
negativeness
presentness
holism
appropriateness
approbate

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Grammar Quiz

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Which form of the future tense does the following sentence use?
“I won’t be coming here ever again!”




Spelling Bee

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n. A state of alarm or dread; apprehension
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peachy
concurrent
jocular
dissipated
morganatic
left-handed
libertine
joking
coincident
bully

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Today's Holiday

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Rhode Island Independence Day

Rhode Island was the first and only state to declare its independence from England entirely on its own. On May 4, 1776, both houses of the General Assembly renounced the colony's allegiance to Great Britain—a full two months before the rest of the colonies followed suit on July 4. Rhode Islanders celebrate this event during May, which is Rhode Island Heritage Month, with flag-raising ceremonies, cannon salutes, and parades of local patriotic, veterans', and scouting organizations. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

steely-eyed

With or having a fierce intensity in one's expression. More... Discuss