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deadpan

Definition: (adjective) Deliberately impassive in manner.
Synonyms:expressionless, poker-faced, unexpressive, impassive
Usage:Although he was distraught when the guilty verdict was read, his deadpan expression made it seem as though he did not care. Discuss. Play

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Participle Phrases in Middle Position

When a participle phrase occurs in the middle position, and is not essential to the meaning of the sentence, it should be set apart from the rest of the sentence by two commas. However, if a participle phrase occurs in the middle position and is essential to the meaning of the sentence, how should it be punctuated? More... Discuss

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Coronal Loops

Visible around the darkened Sun during a total solar eclipse, the corona is the luminous envelope surrounding the Sun outside the chromosphere—the upper, rarefied solar atmosphere. The basic structure of the corona is formed by coronal loops, which result from the twisted solar magnetic flux within the Sun and exhibit a wide range of temperatures. How are these massive coronal loops related to the coronal heating problem—the mystery of why the Sun's corona is far hotter than its surface? More... Discuss

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Prestige Oil Spill (2002)

On Nov. 13, 2002, the Prestige oil tanker suffered damage in a storm and began leaking oil. Denied entry to ports in Spain, France, and Portugal, the stricken vessel was kept at sea for nearly a week before it broke apart and sank about 150 mi (250 km) from the Spanish coast. The resulting oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in Spain's history, fouled much of the Galician coastline as well as parts of the French coast. How did this spill compare to that of the Exxon Valdez? More... Discuss

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William Ashley "Billy" Sunday (1862)

Sunday was the most popular American evangelist of the World War I era, drawing an estimated 100 million people to his revival meetings. Preaching was a second career for him. Before undergoing a religious conversion, he had been a professional baseball player. A flamboyant fundamentalist whose sermons reflected the social upheaval of the transition from a rural to an urban society, Sunday advocated a strict morality and promoted Prohibition. As an evangelist, what were his thoughts on baseball? More... Discuss

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Lord I disbelieve -- help thou my unbelief.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

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True or False: Infinitives and gerunds are always interchangeable as direct objects of verbs.


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n. A polyhedron with seven faces
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Garifuna Settlement Day

Garifuna Settlement Day honors the heritage of the Garifuna people, a unique ethnic group in the Caribbean and Central America. In 1943, Garafuna Settlement Day was declared a holiday in the southern districts of Belize, and it is now celebrated throughout the country. There are long sessions of traditional drumming and dancing, and Garifuna crafts and food are sold and displayed. Events to raise awareness and appreciation of Garifuna culture are common, including special days to dress in traditional clothing, a Miss Garifuna Belize beauty pageant, parades, and rallies. More... Discuss

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stuffed to the gills

Completely full; teeming; having no room to spare. More... Discuss