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Word of the Day



Definition: (adjective) Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
Synonyms:hush-hush, cloak-and-dagger, undercover, underground, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, secret, surreptitious
Usage:The clandestine affairs of the congressman are being investigated by the ethics committee. Discuss. Play

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Compound Sentences

Compound sentences are made up of at least two independent clauses that are joined using a conjunction and/or punctuation. How can we determine if two clauses can be joined in a compound sentence? More... Solar Lanterns Outdoor Hanging Solar Lights Decorative, Outdoor

Article of the Day


The Deathstalker

The deathstalker scorpion stalks the deserts and scrublands of the Middle East and North Africa. Ranging in color from bright green to straw yellow, the deathstalker lives up to its nickname—its venom is a cocktail of neurotoxins that can kill humans, especially those who are very young or old or who have pre-existing medical conditions. Despite the inherent danger, some people keep these deadly creatures as pets. How can the deathstalker's venom be used therapeutically? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Germany, Italy, and Japan Sign Tripartite Pact (1940)

The World War II alliance of Germany, Italy, and Japan was fully realized in September 1940, with the signing of the Tripartite Pact. The agreement called for the Axis Powers to come to each other's aid if attacked by a nation not already involved in the European War or the Sino-Japanese Conflict and to assist one another in their efforts to "establish and maintain a new order of things"—Germany and Italy in Europe and Japan in Greater East Asia. How did the treaty get the nickname "Roberto"? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Sophia Alekseyevna (1657)

Sophia Alekseyevna seized power in Russia after the death of her father, Czar Feodor III, and became regent during the minority of her disabled brother, Ivan V, and her half-brother, Peter I. She brutally eliminated her opponents and ruled dictatorially with her lover, Vasily V. Gallitzin. She aspired to be crowned czarina, but lacked support from the nobility and clergy. When it was rumored that she intended to kill Peter to become sole ruler, he overthrew the regency and confined her where? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

Oppression of the unfortunate makes one weak.

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) Discuss


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Grammar Quiz

The subjunctive mood can be used to express which of the following?

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n. The act, process, or condition of floating
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Today's Holiday



Maskal is a Christian festival in Ethiopia to commemorate what is believed to have been the finding of the True Cross, the cross on which Christ was crucified. In communities throughout the nation, a tall pole called a demara is set up and topped with a cross. Families place smaller demaras against the big one, and in the evening they are made into a huge bonfire. Religious ceremonies are performed around the bonfire, with songs and dancing. The ashes of the burned-out fire are considered holy, and the people place the powder of the ashes on their foreheads. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

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A place, location, or high-occupancy vehicle (especially a ship) that is inexplicably deserted or abandoned. An allusion to the Mary Celeste, an American merchant brigantine that was discovered floating off the Azores Islands in 1872 with no one on board and still in seaworthy condition. (Note: The variant spelling of "Marie" is the more common usage for the idiomatic reference, likely due to its use in a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.) More... Discuss
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