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foppish

Definition: (adjective) Affecting extreme elegance in dress and manner.
Synonyms:dandyish
Usage:Though not foppish, he appreciated fine clothes. Discuss. Play

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Defining the Past Continuous Tense

Also called the "past progressive," the past continuous tense is used to describe something that was in progress at a certain moment in the past. To form the past continuous, how do we order the sentence? More... Discuss

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Gliese 581 d

Discovered in 2007, Gliese 581 d is a planet that scientists have speculated could be habitable. It is approximately 20 light years away from Earth and is classified as a super-Earth because it is about 6 to 13 times more massive. It appears to be on the outskirts of, but still within, its star's habitable zone, meaning that it could have liquid water oceans. In 2009, messages were sent in the direction of Gliese 581 d. What is the minimum amount of time it would take for a response to arrive? More... Discuss

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King Macbeth Is Killed (1057)

Macbeth was originally a governor and military commander under Scottish King Duncan I, whose ancestors had seized power from the ancestors of Macbeth's wife. Macbeth ascended to the throne by killing Duncan in battle in 1040 and ruled Scotland for the next 18 years. In 1057, Macbeth was mortally wounded at the Battle of Lumphanan by Duncan's son Malcolm. Malcolm was crowned king the following year. Is Shakespeare's famous tragedy about Macbeth historically accurate? More... Discuss

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Sir Walter Scott (1771)

Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott is widely regarded as both the inventor of the historical novel and one of the genre's greatest writers. His extremely popular "Waverley" series consists of more than two dozen romances of Scottish life. The first, published in 1814, was an immediate success, yet Scott continued to write anonymously until 1827. In 1825, his business nearly failed. By what means did he attempt to stave off bankruptcy, eventually achieving financial solvency after his own death? More... Discuss

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A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others; for men's minds will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one will prey upon the other.

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) Discuss

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Which of the following third-person pronouns is used for non-gendered singular nouns?




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Elvis International Tribute Week

This week-long event pays tribute to rock and roll singer Elvis Presley. The tribute takes place in Memphis, Tennessee, largely at Graceland, his 15,000-square-foot mansion that is now his gravesite, museum, and a rock and roll shrine. A candlelight vigil is held on the evening of Aug. 15 at Graceland, when thousands of Elvis's fans pour through the gates and walk to the gravesite. Other events include a Nostalgia Concert by those who worked with Presley; a Sock Hop Ball, in which Elvis songs and other classics of the 1950s and 1960s are played; and an art exhibit and contest. More... Discuss

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hell week

A week in which new recruits or pledges of an organization, especially a college fraternity or sorority, are subjected to a series of hazing rituals prior to initiation. More... Discuss