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robust

Definition: (adjective) Marked by richness and fullness of flavor.
Synonyms:full-bodied, racy, rich
Usage:There is nothing like the robust flavor of fresh-brewed coffee. Discuss. Play

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Linking Verbs vs. Action Verbs

The verbs "be," "seem," and "become" are always used as linking verbs (except when "be" is an auxiliary verb). However, the other linking verbs all have the capacity to behave as action verbs in a sentence. Sometimes it is tricky to know whether a verb is functioning as a linking verb or as an action verb, but there are ways that we can be sure. What are they? More... Discuss

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Cinema of Iran

Despite periods of censorship when some films have been banned, Iranian cinema has flourished throughout the various eras of modern Iranian history. The country's ethnic minorities, such as the Kurds, have contributed to the industry, and Iranian films often reflect and react to cultural and political shifts. Iranian films and filmmakers have been honored at film festivals around the world, and such festivals are also held in Iran. In what year did the first movie theater open in Tehran? More... Discuss

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Principality of Liechtenstein Is Created (1719)

Occupying 62 square miles (160 sq km) between Switzerland and Austria, Liechtenstein was formed when the Austrian family of the same name purchased the lordships of Schellenberg and Vaduz in the Holy Roman Empire. It became fully independent in 1866. Today, the tiny mountainous country has no airport, no military, and very little crime. It is best known for its financial industry but is also a leading producer of sausage casings and false teeth. What is Liechtenstein's population? More... Discuss

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Jean-Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (1910)

Reinhardt was a Belgian-born Gypsy jazz guitarist whose blend of swing and traditional Gypsy music, as well as his unconventional technique, made him a legendary figure in jazz. He learned to play guitar while traveling in France as a child and began playing professionally at 12. Severely burned in a caravan fire in 1928, he lost the use of two of his fingers but adapted his style to the disability. What heavy metal guitarist was inspired by Reinhardt to keep playing after his own hand injury? More... Discuss

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It is only great souls that know how much glory there is in being good.

Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC) Discuss

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For what purpose can we use shall instead of will to form the future perfect tense?




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adj. Relating to or characteristic of an adversary; involving antagonistic elements
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San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day

These late-January festivities mark a highlight in the ceremonial year at San Ildefonso Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. January 23 is the pueblo's feast day, celebrated with a special church service and dances, such as the Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer dances. The dances are a way of paying respect and giving thanks for the animals on which people depend for food and other materials. On the evening before, there are bonfires and a firelight procession. More... Discuss

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keep a sharp lookout (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). More... Discuss