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intermingle

Definition: (verb) To mix or cause to mix or mingle together.
Synonyms:blend, intermix
Usage:The office mail has been intermingled with the outgoing mail, and it is going to take me all afternoon to sort through it! Discuss. Play

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Defining Predicate Nouns

Nouns that follow linking verbs are known as "predicate nouns" (or sometimes "predicative nouns" or "predicate nominatives"). What do they serve to do? More... Discuss

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Human Multitasking

Though some people might appear or claim to be able to comfortably handle several tasks simultaneously, research has largely shown that multitasking is an illusion. Studies have revealed that, at most, the brain can fully concentrate on two tasks at a time—one for each lobe. Behavior that appears to be multitasking is instead most likely either a form of continuous partial attention or a rapid switching between tasks. What makes driving particularly incompatible with cell phone use? More... Discuss

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Mae West Sentenced For Obscenity (1927)

In 1926, American actress Mae West, mistress of the double entendre, began to write, produce, and star in her own Broadway plays, the first of which was the sensation-creating Sex. The notorious production did not go over well with city officials, who prosecuted West on morals charges. She served eight days of her 10-day sentence, getting off two days for good behavior. Still, the punishment did not deter her from tackling taboo subjects, as evidenced by her next play, named what? More... Discuss

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Jayne Mansfield (1933)

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s, Mansfield reportedly spoke five languages, played the violin, and claimed an IQ of over 150. However, the provocative image she presented to the public was carefully crafted, and she was best known for her film roles as a "blonde bombshell" and her many appearances in photographs. Her tragic death at the age of 34 in a car accident led to the mandating of underride guards on tractor-trailer trucks in the US. What well-known actress is her daughter? More... Discuss

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It is the stillest words which bring the storm. Thoughts that come with doves' footsteps guide the world.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Discuss

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foe
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pollution

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Is the following an independent or a dependent clause? (Capitalization and punctuation have been intentionally left out.)
“he was walking home”


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adj. Of, subject to, or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration
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charnel
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Primrose Day

Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, novelist, and twice prime minister of England, died on this day in 1881. When he was buried in the family vault at Hughenden Manor, near High Wycombe, Queen Victoria came to lay a wreath of primroses—thought to be his favorite flower—on his grave. Two years later, the Primrose League was formed to support the principles of Conservatism that Disraeli had championed. The organization's influence ebbed after World War I, but Primrose Day is remembered in honor of Disraeli and his contribution to the Conservative cause. More... Discuss

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a shiver down (one's) spine

A shudder felt down one's back, due to either fear, anticipation, nervousness, or excitement. More... Discuss