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mugwump

Definition: (noun) A person who acts independently or remains neutral, especially in politics.
Synonyms:fencesitter, independent
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Indicative Mood

The indicative mood is a type of grammatical mood used to express facts, statements, opinions, or questions. It is the sole realis mood in English. In which tenses can the indicative mood can be used? More... Discuss

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Calligraphy

Calligraphy, a term derived from the Greek word for "beautiful writing," is a form of artistic writing practiced by cultures throughout the world for millennia. Calligraphic works can range from functional, hand-lettered inscriptions to abstract fine art pieces. Regarded in China and Japan as the greatest of the visual arts, calligraphy also figures prominently in Islamic art, which forbids the depiction of human and animal forms. What kind of glyphs are found carved into structures in Mexico? More... Discuss

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SpaceX Launches and Returns a Spacecraft from Orbit (2010)

In 2002, PayPal cofounder Elon Musk established the space transportation company SpaceX. In 2010, SpaceX became the first private company to place a spacecraft into orbit and successfully recover it. The craft, called Dragon, was launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral. In 2012, Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with and be attached to the International Space Station (ISS). When did Dragon begin regular cargo flights to the ISS? More... Discuss

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James Thurber (1894)

After working at various newspapers, Thurber served on the staff of The New Yorker from 1927 to 1933 and was later a principal contributor to the magazine, publishing drawings, stories, and anecdotes of his misadventures. He is especially known for his short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." In 1940, his failing eyesight forced him to curtail his drawing, and by 1952 he had to give it up altogether as his blindness had become nearly total. What is said to be Thurber's last drawing? More... Discuss

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To flatter and follow others, without being flattered and followed in turn, is but a state of half enjoyment.

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uncultivated
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Which of the following sentences is written incorrectly?




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adj. Relating to or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly
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Uzbekistan Constitution Day

On December 8, 1992, the new constitution of Uzbekistan was signed, creating a democratic system of government for the newly-independent country. Uzbekistan was created in 1924 by the communist government of the Soviet Union and became an independent nation in 1991. On Constitution Day, the country's president usually broadcasts a message of greeting to the Uzbekistan people, in which he reiterates the democratic ideals of the constitution and outlines what steps the government has taken to ensure that those ideals are carried out. More... Discuss

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have (one's) heart in (something)

To be emotionally and enthusiastically involved in something; to do or undertake something with passion and zeal. More... Discuss