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conceited

Definition: (adjective) Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of oneself.
Synonyms:swollen-headed, egotistical, vain
Usage:She was a conceited, boastful old thing, and even misfortune could not humble her. Discuss. Play

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Understanding Restrictive Relative Clauses

Restrictive relative clauses identify the noun, giving us information about it that we need to know in order to understand the speaker's meaning. This type of clause does not need any commas. What is the restrictive relative clause in the following sentence? "The house where I was born is a very special place." More... Discuss

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The Beverage-Can Stove

A beverage-can stove is a homemade, lightweight, portable, reusable stove made from aluminum beverage cans. Popular among backpackers, it requires more fuel than some commercial stoves but is incredibly lightweight and easy to make. It is also said to be fail-proof even in difficult environments. Beverage-can stoves burn denatured alcohol and are nearly silent when operating. Their basic design dates back more than a century. How long does it take a beverage-can stove to boil two cups of water? More... Discuss

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Zambia Gains Independence (1964)

The area that is now Zambia came under British control in the early 1900s with the development of the copper mining industry. After decades of nationalist struggle, the British protectorate of Northern Rhodesia became the independent Republic of Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda, a former schoolteacher who had been jailed for nationalist political activities prior to independence, became its first president. Zambia may have been the first country to do what during the Olympics? More... Discuss

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Annie Edson Taylor (1838)

On her 63rd birthday, Taylor became the first person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The interior of the barrel was cushioned and the air was compressed with a bicycle pump. Before her trip, Taylor sent a cat over the falls in her barrel—and it lived. Days later, she drifted over the falls in the same barrel and walked away from the plunge with minor injuries. However, she did not significantly profit from the stunt. According to some accounts, her barrel was stolen by whom? More... Discuss

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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

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coiled
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beautiful
mild
biennial
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intense
ugly

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The causative verb in this sentence is in what tense?
“The couple forced themselves to save money so they could buy their dream home.”




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adj. Permitted; allowable
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reaper
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World Development Information Day

In 1972, the United Nations established World Development Information Day on October 24. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about world economic development and the programs devised by the U.N. to promote development. The date was chosen to coincide with United Nations Day and the adoption of the International Development Strategy for the Second United Nations Development Decade. More... Discuss

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Idiom of the Day

follow (someone or something) in stride

To follow the direction, lead, or guidance (of someone or something); to act in accordance (with someone or something); to follow suit. More... Discuss