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Word of the Day



Definition: (adjective) Arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure.
Synonyms:abominable, detestable, execrable
Usage:Pray do not talk of that odious man. Discuss. Play

Daily Grammar Lesson


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A modal auxiliary verb is used to change the meaning of other verbs (commonly known as main verbs) by expressing modality—that is, asserting (or denying) possibility, likelihood, ability, permission, obligation, or future intention. What are the nine "true" modal auxiliary verbs? More... Discuss

Article of the Day


Judith and Holofernes

In the Book of Judith, the eponymous heroine—a Jewish widow of great beauty and piety—enters the Assyrian camp as their army besieges her city of Bethulia. General Holofernes tries to seduce her, but she beheads him while he is drunk. Judith brings his head back to Bethulia, and the Jews rout the Assyrians. Judith's story is likely fictional and is not part of the Hebrew Bible, though her erotically-charged, violent tale has made her a popular artistic subject. How did early Christians view her? More... Discuss

This Day in History


Auschwitz Is Liberated (1945)

During the implementation of Nazi Germany's Final Solution, between 1.1 million and 1.5 million people, more than 90% of them Jews, were tortured, starved, and murdered at Auschwitz in southern Poland. The Third Reich's largest death camp network, it consisted of three main camps and dozens of satellite camps. Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, a day that is now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. How had the Nazis tried to cover up their crimes there? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday

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Jerome Kern (1885)

Kern was one of the major US creators of the musical. With lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II, he wrote his most important work in 1927—Show Boat—in which he integrated lyrical text with the dramatic demands of plot and character to create the first American musical play. He became one of the most influential songwriters in American musical theater and is credited with more than 1,000 songs, including the standards "Ol' Man River" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." How did he cheat death in 1915? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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The accumulation of all powers, Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.

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Which of the following is a noun phrase with an article modifier?

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adj. Prone to or characterized by indecision; irresolute
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Today's Holiday


Mozart Week (Mozartwoche)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on January 27, 1756. Every January since 1956, his birthday has been celebrated by the people of Salzburg, Austria, where he was born, with a music festival devoted entirely to his works. The festival also prides itself on presenting many of his lesser known works, which are seldom performed elsewhere. Concerts are given in a number of sites associated with Mozart's life, including the Mozarteum Building, St. Peter's Church, the Salzburg Cathedral, and even Mozart's home. More... WAC Lighting Tube Arch. 5" LED Wall Toward Flood 4000K, Grey - D


Idiom of the Day

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To help someone avoid or escape from some troublesome, difficult, or dangerous position or situation. More... Discuss