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tangential

Definition: (adjective) Only superficially relevant; divergent.
Synonyms:digressive
Usage:His tangential anecdotes added much-needed humor to the talk, though some found the digressions tiresome. Discuss.

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Defining Interjections

An interjection is a word, phrase, or sound used to convey an emotion such as surprise, excitement, happiness, or anger. Capable of standing alone, interjections are grammatically unrelated to any other part of a sentence. What are interjections also known as? More... Discuss

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The Antonine Plague

Lasting from 165 to 180 CE, the Antonine Plague was a pandemic, either of smallpox or measles, brought to the Roman Empire by troops returning from campaigns in the Near East. The epidemic killed off entire towns and claimed the lives of two Roman emperors—Lucius Verus and his co-regent Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, whose family name was given to the plague. It resurged again nine years later and had drastic social and political effects throughout the empire. What was its estimated death toll? More... Discuss

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The Great White Fleet Begins Its Circumnavigation of the Globe (1907)

Just seven years before the start of World War I, a fleet of 16 American battleships took part in a 14-month, round-the-world voyage ordered by US President Theodore Roosevelt as a peaceful display of American naval power. Later known as the "Great White Fleet," the ships were painted white except for the gilded scrollwork on their bows. In ports around the world, thousands of people turned out to see the ships when they arrived. Why did several of the ships make an unscheduled stop in Italy? More... Discuss

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Jane Austen (1775)

Austen was a prominent English novelist whose writing is noted for its wit, realism, shrewd sympathy, and brilliant prose style. Though she received little public recognition in her own lifetime—her books were published anonymously—she is now regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel. Several of her works, including Pride and Prejudice, have been adapted for film. Before her death, Austen suffered from a protracted, unexplained illness. What might have caused it? More... Discuss

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

Washington Irving (1783-1859) Discuss

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When does a third-person verb conjugate differently to accommodate the subject?




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n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Fortunella, having small, edible, orangelike fruit
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Bangladesh Victory Day

This public holiday in Bangladesh commemorates the end of the war with Pakistan in 1971 and the official creation of the state of Bangladesh, after months of fighting and years of struggle to gain autonomy. More... Discuss

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let go and let God

To give up one's self-determination and yield to the teachings, designs, or instructions of God or the church. More... Discuss