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Topic: expunge
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
expunge

(verb) Remove by erasing or crossing out or as if by drawing a line.

Synonyms: excise, scratch, strike

Usage: She forced herself to expunge most of her beloved descriptions, though it took three re-writings before the story could be pruned down to please the fastidious Mr. Harrison.
Topic: Town and Gown
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Town and Gown

"Town and gown" is a phrase used to describe the two distinct communities of a university town: the non-academic "town" community and the university "gown" community. Since the establishment of universities in the Middle Ages, when students enjoyed certain privileges due to their ties with the clergy, the relationship between universities and their surrounding communities has often been a source of tension. What university was established after a fight between townspeople and Oxford scholars? More...
Topic: Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Juan Carlos I Becomes King of Spain (1975)

Juan Carlos was groomed for the role by his predecessor Francisco Franco, the Spanish leader who abolished the republic and declared Spain a representative monarchy. He acceded to the throne two days after Franco's death, becoming the first Spanish king since his grandfather was deposed in 1931. A popular monarch, he presided over Spain's transition to democracy and acted to maintain political stability. He competed in what Olympic event in 1972? More...
Topic: Mary of Guise (1515)
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Mary of Guise (1515)

Mary of Guise was the queen consort of James V of Scotland and the mother of their daughter—the future Mary Queen of Scots. After the outbreak of war between Scotland and England, Mary arranged her daughter's betrothal to the French dauphin. Becoming regent, Mary of Guise made no secret of her desire to bring France and Scotland together. In 1559, the Protestants, led by John Knox and allied with England, rose against her and declared her deposed. What happened in the aftermath of her death? More...
Topic: St. Cecilia's Day
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
St. Cecilia's Day

According to her apocryphal acts, which date from the fifth century, St. Cecilia was a Roman from a noble family who was put to death for her Christian beliefs; how she became the patron saint of music and musicians is not exactly known. In 1683, a musical society was formed in London especially for the celebration of St. Cecilia's Day. It held a festival each year at which a special ode was sung. The poet John Dryden composed his "A Song for St. Cecilia's Day" in 1687 for this purpose. There are still many choirs and musical societies that bear her name today. More...
Topic: Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Men have an extraordinarily erroneous opinion of their position in nature; and the error is ineradicable.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)
Topic: a life of its own
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
a life of its own

The state of something that exists and thrives outside and beyond the control of the point of origin. More...

Topic: keyboard
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Today's topic: keyboard

fallboard - The hinged protective covering that protects the keyboard of a piano when it is not being played. More...

finger board - The part of a stringed instrument against which the fingers press the strings to vary the tone—as well as the keyboard of a piano, organ, etc. More...

home key - The home key is either of two keys on a keyboard acting as the base position for one's fingers in touch-typing (left F, right J). More...

octothorpe - The pound key on a keyboard or keypad is technically an octothorpe. More...

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Topic: Defining the Comma
Posted: Friday, November 22, 2019 12:00:00 AM
Defining the Comma

The comma ( , ) is one of the most commonly used punctuation marks in English. Generally speaking, commas are used to connect two or more elements in a sentence, but the way in which they do this varies widely, depending on what? More...
Topic: bestride
Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2019 12:00:00 AM
bestride

(verb) Get up on the back of.

Synonyms: climb on, hop on, jump on, mount

Usage: A man who bestrides a horse must be essentially different from a man who cowers in a canoe.

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