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Word of the Day

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vacuous

Definition: (adjective) Devoid of intelligence.
Synonyms:asinine, fatuous, inane, mindless
Usage:The interviewer could tell by the candidate's vacuous comments that he was not qualified for the position. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson

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Using Quantifiers with Uncountable Nouns

Certain quantifiers can only be used with uncountable nouns, while others can only modify countable nouns. "Too much" and "too many" cause particular confusion. Which of those two quantifiers is used to modify uncountable nouns? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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The Siachen Glacier

Located 18,875 feet (5,753 m) above sea level in the Himalayan Mountains—between the boundary separating India and Pakistan—the Siachen Glacier is considered the world's highest battlefield. Since India launched a successful military operation there in 1984, thousands of Indian and Pakistani troops have populated the otherwise uninhabited area. However, more soldiers have died from the harsh weather conditions than from combat. What effects has the human presence had on the glacier? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Roe v. Wade Decision Legalizes Abortion in the US (1973)

Roe v. Wade was the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the US. In 1970, an unmarried pregnant woman—who was at the time identified only as Jane Roe—filed a lawsuit because she wanted an abortion but could not legally get one in Texas. Her suit aimed to have the Texas abortion law declared unconstitutional as an invasion of her right to privacy as guaranteed by the 1st, 4th, 5th, 9th, and 14th Amendments. How does Norma McCorvey—"Jane Roe"—view the case today? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Lord Byron (1788)

Despite being a social outcast—and self-conscious of his noticeable limp—Byron became the rock star of the Romantic period. His poetic travelogue Childe Harold's Pilgrimage won him fame, while his complex personality, dashing good looks, and scandalous love affairs captured the imagination of Europe. His literary legacy includes the satirical epic Don Juan and the lonely, rebellious, and brooding "Byronic hero." Who famously described Byron as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know"? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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I am as desirous of being a good neighbor as I am of being a bad subject.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

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lawlessly
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empirically
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above
licitly
happily
theoretically
amply
beneath

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Which auxiliary verb is added to a make a verb negative in the present or past simple tense?




Spelling Bee

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v. To give up (a title, for example), especially by formal announcement
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drivel
helicopter
egotist
defense
frequency
nonsense
refutation
swellhead
whirlybird
oftenness

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Today's Holiday

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St. Vincent's Day

São Vicente St. Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, people celebrate his feast day with processions and prayers. But in the surrounding rural areas, there are a number of folk traditions associated with this day. Farmers believe that by carrying a resin torch to the top of a high hill on January 22, they can predict what the coming harvest will be like. If the wind extinguishes the flame, the crops will be abundant; if the torch continues to burn, a poor growing season lies ahead. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

(one's) blood runs cold

One becomes seized by an acute and intense sensation of fear, panic, horror, or dread. More... Discuss