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deadening

Definition: (adjective) So lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness.
Synonyms:boring, ho-hum, irksome, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dull, slow
Usage:He envied Joe, down in the village,… fantastically and gloriously drunk and forgetful of Monday morning and the week of deadening toil to come. Discuss. Play

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Auxiliary Verbs

Auxiliary verbs (also called helping verbs) are verbs that add functional meaning to other "main" or "full" verbs in a clause. What are the three primary auxiliary verbs? More... Discuss

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Ask and Embla

In Norse mythology, the first two creatures were the giant Ymir and the cow Audhumla. Ymir fathered a race of giants, and Audhumla created the first god, Buri. Buri's son, Borr, fathered the gods Odin, Vili, and Ve, who together destroyed Ymir and from his body fashioned the heavens and the earth. From two trees, the gods created the first man and woman—Ask and Embla. Ask's name derives from an Old Norse word meaning "ash tree"—from which he was formed. What is the derivation of Embla's name? More... Discuss

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Six-Year-Old Etan Patz Abducted in New York (1979)

In 1979, Etan Patz left his apartment by himself, for the very first time, to walk the two blocks to his school bus stop. He never made it there. His disappearance was widely covered by the media and led to the implementation of new methods for tracking down missing children, such as the milk carton campaigns of the 1980s. In 2010, the Manhattan district attorney announced that he had reopened the case into Patz's disappearance. Who was found liable for Patz's death in a civil case in 2004? More... Discuss

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Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878)

Robinson was an influential virtuoso tap dancer. An innovator, he was reputedly the first to dance on the balls of his feet instead of in the earlier flat-footed style. He began dancing professionally at the age of eight and became a popular nightclub and vaudeville performer. He first performed on Broadway in 1928 and was the first African American to star in a Ziegfield Follies. He appeared in 14 Hollywood features in the 1930s and 40s, including four that he made with which child actress? More... Discuss

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Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970) Discuss

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n. the branch of medical science concerned with disorders or deformities of the spine and joints
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Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival

A festival for genuinely old-time fiddlers, the Ole Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival is held at Fiddler's Grove Campground in Union Grove, North Carolina. A special contest category is for fiddlers who must meet these criteria: they are over 55 years old, have had no formal musical training, and have learned from fiddlers older than themselves. There are competitions for all the major instruments of traditional American music, including autoharp, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and mandolin, and workshops are conducted for shape-note singing, storytelling, and children's folk music. More... Discuss

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God almighty!

An exclamation of surprise, shock, frustration, exasperation, anger, or annoyance. More... Discuss