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rubella

Definition: (noun) A mild contagious eruptive disease caused by a virus and capable of producing congenital defects in infants born to mothers infected during the first three months of pregnancy.
Synonyms:German measles, epidemic roseola, three-day measles
Usage:The parents were relieved when the doctor said that their son's rubella would improve in a matter of days. Discuss. Play

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Subject Positions

The subject in a sentence or clause is the person or thing doing, performing, or controlling the action of the verb. The subject most typically occurs at or near the beginning of a clause. What does it precede? More... Discuss

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"Beowulf"

Considered the highest achievement of Old English literature, "Beowulf" is an epic poem chronicling the exploits of the young warrior for which it is named. Likely composed in the 8th century, it survives today in only one manuscript. The poem is derived mainly from Scandinavian history, folk tale, and mythology. It contains a remarkable fusion of pagan and Christian elements and provides a vivid picture of old Germanic life. What is the name of the monster that Beowulf defeats? More... Discuss

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World War II: Victory over Japan Day (1945)

Victory over Japan Day (V-J Day) marks the surrender of Japan—the last Axis power to yield during World War II—and the subsequent end of the war. Though the terms of Japan's surrender were not signed until September 2, V-J Day sparked widespread celebration in Allied countries. One of the day's most famous images was shot in Times Square, New York, when Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt captured the moment a sailor embraced a nurse and kissed her. Who were they? More... Discuss

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Paul Rand (1914)

Rand was an American graphic designer who created some of the most recognizable corporate logos in recent history, including logos for IBM, UPS, Westinghouse, and ABC. After studying at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League in New York, Rand built his reputation in the magazine industry before becoming a highly sought-after logo designer. In 1972, he created IBM's iconic, striped logo, a prime example of his simple yet powerful style. Of what art movement was Rand an outspoken critic? More... Discuss

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Fair weather friends are not worth much.

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Which of the following sentences does not use a gerund?




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n. A violation, as of a law, regulation, or agreement; a breach
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Prince's Birthday in Liechtenstein (Staatsfeiertag)

The Prince's Birthday is a national holiday in Lichtenstein. The country is a constitutional monarchy formerly headed by Prince Franz Joseph II, who turned over power to his son, Hans-Adam II, in 1984. Franz Joseph II was born on Aug. 16, 1905, but his birthday is celebrated on Aug. 15, the day of the Feast of the Assumption. Celebrations take place in the capital city of Vaduz; festivities include an open house at the prince's home and castle, Schloss Vaduz, dancing in the streets, special food in the cafes, and fireworks in the evening. More... Discuss

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you look a little peaked

You look ill, especially as if you might vomit. More... Discuss