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languorous

Definition: (adjective) Lacking spirit or liveliness.
Synonyms:lackadaisical, languid, dreamy
Usage:The sun was low in the west, and the breeze soft and languorous that came up from the south, charged with the seductive odor of the sea. Discuss. Play

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Light Verbs

Light verbs (also known as delexical verbs, thin verbs, semantically weak verbs, or empty verbs) are verbs that do not carry unique meaning on their own. What are common examples of light verbs? More... Discuss

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Psychogeography

The vaguely defined field of psychogeography involves reflection on the effect of environment on one's emotions and behavior. The concept emerged in the 1950s when French Lettrists and Situationists, finding contemporary architecture physically and ideologically restrictive, reimagined the city. Their perspective likely descended from the Dadaists and Surrealists while also drawing upon Charles Baudelaire's concept of urban wandering. How is psychogeography relevant in the modern world? More... Discuss

This Day in History

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Merchant Royal Sinks, Taking Cargo of Gold and Silver with Her (1641)

A holy grail of marine salvage, the wreck of the Merchant Royal, one of the most valuable of all time, has eluded treasure hunters for centuries. When the leaky, 17th-century English merchant ship sank in rough weather in the vicinity of the Isles of Scilly and southwestern England, she took with her a fabled cargo of gold, silver, and precious gems worth over a billion dollars today. Among the riches lost in the wreck was the money to pay whom? More... Discuss

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Suzanne Valadon (1865)

After a fall from the trapeze ended her career as a circus acrobat, Valadon modeled for many of the major impressionists. Encouraged by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Edgar Degas, she began painting and became known for her intensely personal works, including landscapes, nudes, and portraits featuring vibrant colors with heavy black outlines. Valadon was the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Somewhat eccentric, she kept a goat at her studio, claiming that it served what practical purpose? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

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If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

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When is it not correct to end a sentence with a dangling preposition?





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n. A blurring or spreading of light around bright areas on a photographic image
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Today's Holiday

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Aizu Byakko Matsuri

Aizu was once the sturdiest castle in northeast Japan, but it was destroyed in a battle between the Emperor's forces and the Shogun's forces in 1868. The Byakkotai, or White Tiger Band, young men who vowed to lay down their lives in defense of the castle, saw what they thought was fire rising from the walls. Thinking it had fallen into enemy hands, they killed themselves. Each September to commemorate their courage, there is a procession of 500 warriors and a lantern procession through Aizu Wakamatsu, where the original members of the White Tiger Band are buried. More... Woven Silk Two Tone Striped Self-Tie Bow Tie

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Idiom of the Day

marry beneath (oneself)

To marry someone who is of a lower social class or standing than oneself. More... Discuss