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calque

Definition: (noun) An expression introduced into one language by translating it from another language.
Synonyms:loan translation
Usage:"Superman" is a calque for the German "Ubermensch." Discuss. Play

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Brackets

Brackets ( [ ] ), sometimes known as square brackets, are usually used within quoted speech to indicate that a writer has added material to the quotation. What are the different types of brackets? More... Discuss

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The Loquat

The loquat is a small ornamental evergreen tree that belongs to the rose family and is related to the apple and other temperate-zone fruit trees. It bears yellowish, oval-shaped fruits that grow in clusters and taste similar to mildly tart apples or pears. Probably indigenous to China, it has been grown from antiquity in Japan and northern India and is also cultivated in Indochina, the Mediterranean region, and New World subtropics. What deadly poison is found in the fruit’s seeds? More... Discuss

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Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775)

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the opening engagements of the American Revolution. While marching from Boston to Concord to seize colonists' military stores, a British force of 700 was met at Lexington by 77 local minutemen. After a brief exchange of shots, the outnumbered colonists fell back. The British continued on to Concord, where they were defeated by a militia of about 500. Who had been sent to warn the people of the Massachusetts countryside about the impending British attack? More... Discuss

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David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his "iron law of wages," what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More... Discuss

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Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.

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Which of the following is a non-grading adverb of degree?




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n. A rapidly rotating, generally vertical column of air, such as a tornado, dust devil, or waterspout
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Sámi Easter Festival

The Sámi Easter Festival takes place annually during Easter in Kautokeino, Norway. The Sámi people are the indigenous people of the northernmost Nordic regions, including northern Norway. Festival activities include tours by reindeer-drawn sleigh, ice fishing, and snowmobiling. There are art exhibitions and concerts, with some featuring traditional yoik, as well as modern music of the Sámis. The festival is also host to the annual reindeer-racing world-cup race. A film festival runs every year in conjunction with the Sámi festival, with a variety of films on offer for viewing indoors or out. More... Discuss

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collect (one's) thoughts

To pause and think before speaking or taking action. More... Discuss