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avidity

Definition: (noun) Keen interest or enthusiasm.
Synonyms:eagerness, avidness, keenness
Usage:A devoted fan, he followed the tennis tournament with avidity. Discuss. Play

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Defining Participle Phrases

When they function as adjectives, participles can form "participle phrases" (sometimes known as "participle clauses") with any information that modifies or complements them. Because they function as adjectives, what do participle phrases modify in a sentence? More... Discuss

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(Hula) Hooping Through History

Hoops, originally made from stiff grasses and other natural materials, have been popular toys for centuries—long before "hula" was added to their name in the 18th century. Doctors in medieval England blamed many injuries on a recreational "hooping" fad. Another craze surfaced in the 1950s, when the Wham-O company released its plastic hoop. Today, hoops have found renewed popularity among adults who perform hoop dances or enjoy hooping at concerts. What do you need to make your own hula hoop? More... Discuss

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Second Intifada Begins (2000)

In 2000, Israeli politician Ariel Sharon visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque—a site holy to Muslims and Jews—in Jerusalem. Accompanied by soldiers, he claimed that Israel had sovereignty over this and other holy sites. His visit sparked riots that escalated into a new cycle of violence in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Israel. Israelis blamed Yasir Arafat—leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization—for Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians. What is the estimated death toll from the violence? More... Discuss

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Georges Clemenceau (1841)

Clemenceau was a French journalist and statesman whose politics brought him into conflict with Napoleon III's government. After spending several years in the US, he returned to France and became mayor of Montmartre. In 1880, he began publishing La Justice, which became the primary organ of Parisian radicalism, and he later published Emile Zola's "J'accuse," a passionate criticism of the Dreyfus Affair. He served as premier during World War I and was a key architect of what treaty? More... Discuss

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For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

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Which of the following prepositional phrases (in bold) is an adjectival prepositional phrase?




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a. Fearful; frightful
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Czech Statehood Day (St. Wenceslas Day)

Czech Statehood Day marks the assassination of Duke Vaclav Wenceslas of Bohemia by his brother on September 28, c. 929-935. Wenceslas was canonized as a saint due to his martyr's death. Czech Statehood Day is a public holiday celebrated throughout the Czech Republic. Every year, the Czech president awards St. Wenceslas medals to people who contributed to Czech statehood. This ceremony takes place at Prague Castle, where a memorial wreath is placed on the statue of St. Wenceslas. In addition, a pilgrimage takes place at Stara Boleslav, the site of his murder. More... Discuss

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castle in the air

A hope or wish, especially for one's life, that is unlikely to come true. A daydream. More... Discuss