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Word of the Day

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muffle

Definition: (verb) Deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping.
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Usage:I was up past my bedtime, so I tried to muffle my sneeze by holding my pillow over my face. Discuss. Play

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Reported Speech (Indirect Speech)

When we tell other people what someone else told us, it is called indirect speech or reported speech. We use reporting verbs to introduce the information that was spoken previously. What are the most common reporting verbs? More... Discuss

Article of the Day

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Sarah Winnemucca: Woman of Two Worlds

Winnemucca was the first Native American woman to publish a book in English. Her autobiographical Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs and Claims (1883) describes her people's early encounters with white settlers. This includes her experiences as an interpreter for the US Army, a role she took on in hopes of securing fair treatment of her people and keeping the peace. She tried, but failed, to get a permanent reservation for the Paiute. What was her original name, and what does it mean? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Multimillionaire Adventurer Steve Fossett Goes Missing (2007)

After earning millions as a stockbroker and investment consultant, Fossett began a second career as a sports adventurer. He swam the English Channel in 1985 and set many sailing records, but he is best known for his long-distance solo aviation triumphs, like becoming the first person to fly solo nonstop around the world in a balloon in 2002. He disappeared while flying a private plane in Nevada in September 2007 and was declared dead five months later. When was his crash site finally discovered? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Marguerite Higgins (1920)

An American journalist, Higgins covered major world events, including the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp and the Nuremberg Trials, and was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize. While reporting on the Korean War, she was expelled from Korea by US General Walton Walker—who said the military had no time to prepare accommodations for women—but when she appealed to General Douglas MacArthur, the ban was lifted. Higgins's life was cut short by a disease contracted while covering what? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

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overestimate
assemble
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languish
underrate
boil
freeze
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bloom

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Grammar Quiz

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Which of the following is not another term for a dangling preposition?





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n. congenital tendency to uncontrolled bleeding; usually affects males and is transmitted from mother to son
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workaday
unmarred
belly-up
bankrupt
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everyday
itty-bitty
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Today's Holiday

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Taiwan Armed Forces Day

Founded in 1955, Armed Forces Day in Taiwan honors the country's military and celebrates their victory over the Japanese in World War II (called the War of Resistance in Taiwan). The day is marked by military parades featuring special units chosen for their precision and outstanding performance. A troop-cheering by the onlookers is part of the celebration, as are educational activities covering the history of the war period and the role of the Taiwanese military in defeating the enemy. The day is also marked by the members of the armed forces having a rare day off from work. More... HAS Mountain - 250pcs/100pcs Mixed Heat Shrink Connect Terminals

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Idiom of the Day

make like a banana and split

humorous slang To depart or leave, especially at once or in a hurry. (A pun on "to split," a slang term meaning to leave or depart, and a "banana split," an ice-cream-based dessert featuring a banana halved lengthwise.) More... Discuss