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highfalutin

Definition: (adjective) Affectedly genteel.
Synonyms:hoity-toity, la-di-da, grandiose
Usage:I'm glad you didn't load him down with some highfalutin, romantic name that he'd be ashamed of when he gets to be a grandfather. Discuss. Play

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Transitive Verbs and Direct Objects

A transitive verb describes an action that is happening to something or someone, which is known as the verb's "direct object." For instance, in the sentence "I am reading a book," what is the direct object? More... Discuss

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Castrati

Castrati were male singers with artificially created soprano or alto voices that were the result of castration in boyhood. Possessing powerful voices of great range and unique sound, castrati were introduced in the 16th century. They were especially popular in churches and operas in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries and even sang in the Sistine Chapel choir until 1903. When was the practice of castrating prepubescent boys for musical purposes outlawed in Italy? More... Discuss

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Louis Riel, "Father of Manitoba," Executed for Treason (1885)

Of French and Métis parentage, Riel grew up in the Red River Settlement in what is now Manitoba, whose establishment in 1870 he precipitated by leading a revolt of Métis and indigenous peoples against the transfer of the Hudson's Bay Company territory to Canada. Riel was outlawed for his role in the rebellion, but that did not deter him from leading a similar uprising in Saskatchewan in 1884. This time, however, he was captured by Canadian authorities and executed. Why was his penalty so harsh? More... Discuss

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Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904)

A native Nigerian, Azikiwe was educated in the US and, upon returning to his home country, began publishing denunciatory articles as editor of the African Morning Post. He was charged with sedition in 1936 but was ultimately acquitted. Azikiwe then became a political leader and was named the first president of Nigeria when it became a republic in 1963, serving until a military coup forced him out in 1966. His writings led to the emergence of Zikism, which is what? More... Discuss

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Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones.

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) Discuss

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Select the appropriate adverb of degree to fill in the blank:
“I know I didn’t ace the exam, but I think I did well ______.”




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n. Something that serves as tangible proof or evidence
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Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse

The town of Armagh, Northern Ireland, is featured in a famous ballad called "The Bard of Armagh." That poem's title inspired the name of the Bard of Armagh Festival of Humorous Verse, an annual event that has taken place since 1993. Poets appear before audiences to recite their works and compete for best poem. To determine the official entries, a selection process was established that ensures each poem does not exceed a length of 650 words and features humorous verse suitable for a family audience. The finals usually take place at the Armagh City Hotel. More... Discuss

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stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. More... Discuss