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terrify

Definition: (verb) To inspire fear or dread in; frighten greatly.
Synonyms:terrorize
Usage:The thought of a slow, painful death terrifies me. Discuss.

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Forming the Future Tense

Although English has no future tense in the strict sense (i.e., it has no verb form specific to future meaning), we commonly refer to several structures that are used for future meaning as belonging to the "future tense." The most common of these structures begin with what word? More... Discuss

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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction involving futuristic, dystopian, computer-based societies. Borrowing elements from hard-boiled detective novels, film noir, and postmodern prose, cyberpunk details the often nihilistic underground of electronic societies marked by rapid technological change. Typically set in the near future, cyberpunk plots often center on conflicts among hackers, artificial intelligences, and corporations. What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels? More... Discuss

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Mona Mahmudnizhad and Nine Other Baha'i Women Are Hanged in Iran (1983)

Prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution, the approximately 1 million Iranian Baha'is had generally prospered, despite widespread societal discrimination. Under the Iranian Islamic republic, which regards the religion as heresy, Baha'i was banned, Baha'i property was confiscated, thousands were imprisoned, and several hundred were executed. Among the youngest victims was 17-year-old Mona Mahmudnizhad, who was arrested in 1982 and hanged after several months in prison. What were the official charges? More... Discuss

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Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (1901)

The youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, Anastasia was allegedly murdered at age 17 along with her parents and siblings during the Russian Revolution. After the family's execution, rumors swirled that Anastasia had managed to survive. The appearance of several imposters further fueled these rumors, as did the discovery of her family's burial site in 1991 with two bodies missing. Has anyone been able to conclusively prove that Anastasia was indeed killed with the rest of her family? More... Discuss

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Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

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Which of the following is not something we use the subjunctive mood to express?




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n. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
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Seychelles National Day

The Republic of Seychelles was first settled by the French in 1770; in 1814, it was ceded to Britain under the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles gained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. On June 18, 1993, a new constitution was approved, and the first multiparty elections were held in July. June 18th is known as National Day in Seychelles and commemorates the implementation of a multiparty democracy. On this day, thousands of people attend celebratory events that include parades, a flower show, music, and a presidential speech. More... Discuss

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mind the gap

An audio or visual instruction used in the UK and Ireland to be careful stepping over the space between a train's carriage and the platform when boarding or disembarking. Primarily heard in UK, Ireland. More... Discuss