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coriaceous

Definition: (adjective) Resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable.
Synonyms:leatherlike
Usage:Natalie ran her fingers lightly across the plant's large, coriaceous leaves. Discuss. Play

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Grading and Non-Grading Adverbs

Adverbs of degree can be mild, medium, strong, or absolute in how they describe the intensity, degree, or extent of the word they modify. Adverbs that are mild, medium, or strong are known as "grading adverbs." What are "non-grading adverbs"? More... Discuss

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Noise Pollution

Noise is a recognized form of pollution, but it is difficult to measure because the annoyance or discomfort it causes varies between individuals. There is evidence that hearing sensitivity among young Americans is decreasing because of exposure to noise, including overly amplified music. Apart from hearing loss, excessive noise can cause sleeplessness, ulcers, high blood pressure, and possibly heart disease. A 2005 study found that city residents are willing to pay how much for noise reduction? More... Discuss

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Sara Jane Moore Attempts to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford (1975)

In September 1975, Ford was the target of two assassination attempts. Just 17 days after Manson Family member Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme unsuccessfully attempted to shoot Ford, Moore shot at him outside a San Francisco, California, hotel. The bullet just missed the president, and Moore was then subdued by a bystander, who likely saved Ford's life. Moore was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 2007. What has she since said about the assassination attempt? More... Discuss

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Anne of Cleves (1515)

Anne was the fourth queen consort of King Henry VIII of England. She was the sister of a powerful German Protestant leader and was considered a desirable match for Henry by English councilors, most notably Thomas Cromwell, who sought to ally England with Protestants in Germany. The marriage was agreed upon in 1539, and although Henry tried to break the contract after actually seeing his bride, they married in 1540. The marriage was never consummated, however, and they divorced after how long? More... Discuss

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Churchmen in peace and quiet pray to Heaven for the welfare of the world, but we soldiers and knights carry into effect what they pray for...Thus are we God's ministers on earth and the arms by which his justice is done therein.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

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In compound possession in which two people share possession of the same thing, who receives the apostrophe?




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Appleseed Festival

A legend in his own time, John Chapman—better known as "Johnny Appleseed"—was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, on September 26, 1774. It was supposedly in Fort Wayne, Indiana, that he died in 1845, and Chapman has been commemorated there since 1974 with a two-day fall festival at Johnny Appleseed Park. The festival includes traditional music and entertainment, demonstrations of pioneer arts and crafts, and discussions with "The Living Lincoln," who talks with visitors about the social issues of the period in history he shared with Johnny Appleseed. More... Discuss

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contrary to popular opinion

Opposite to what is popularly or generally expected or believed. Usually used to introduce such a statement. More... Discuss