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Word of the Day

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tacit

Definition: (adjective) Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Synonyms:understood, silent
Usage:Management has given its tacit approval to the plan. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Participle Phrases in Initial Position

Where a participle phrase appears in a sentence changes the way we punctuate it, as does its importance to the meaning of the sentence as a whole. When a participle phrase occurs in the initial position, how is it usually separated from the rest of the sentence? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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The Butterfly Effect

The idea that a small change in one place can have large effects elsewhere in a complex system—for instance, that the flapping of a butterfly's wings might eventually produce a hurricane—is called the butterfly effect. A common trope in science fiction involving time travel, the butterfly effect is studied in chaos theory. The term was coined by meteorologist Edward Lorenz, the first to describe "deterministic chaos" as a shaper of weather. How did he accidentally discover the butterfly effect? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Great Lakes Storm Reaches Peak Ferocity (1913)

The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes region, the "Big Blow," "Freshwater Fury," or "White Hurricane," as it is variously known, was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that battered parts of the US and Canada for several days in November 1913. Approximately 250 people died in the violent storm—all of them sailors who perished when their ships were wrecked or sunk on the lakes. How tall were the swells that vessels had to contend with during the storm? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Benjamin Banneker (1731)

Banneker was a free African American who was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics. In 1761, he drew attention by building a wooden clock that kept precise time for some 50 years. He accurately predicted a solar eclipse in 1789 and began publishing annually the Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia Almanac and Ephemeris, sending an early copy to Thomas Jefferson to counter the belief that African Americans were intellectually inferior. How did Jefferson respond? More... Low Sodium Beef Broth - Pack of 4 - Organic Cooking Stock, Real

Quotation of the Day

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There's enough sorrow in the world, isn't there, without trying to invent it.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

Mismatch

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fairness
wrongness
pandemonium
inequity
nominative
peace
lumper
oblique
appropriateness
splitter

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Grammar Quiz

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Which of the following words is a mitigator?




Spelling Bee

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n. North American annual plant with usually yellow or orange flowers; grows chiefly on wet, rather acid soil
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flounder
overeat
exhilarate
stagger
previse
inebriate
thwack
anticipate
gormandize
smack

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Today's Holiday

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Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, or Night of the Broken Glass) gets its name from the shattered glass that littered the streets on November 9, 1938, when the windows of Jewish-owned shops and homes were systematically smashed throughout German and Austrian cities in a frenzy of destruction that resulted in the arrest and deportation of about 30,000 Jews. It marked the beginning of the Nazis' plan to rob the Jews of their possessions and to force them out of their homes and neighborhoods. Today, Jews everywhere observe the anniversary of this infamous event by holding special memorial services. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

be little love lost between (two people)

Of two people, to dislike one another very much. More... Discuss