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Definition: (adjective) Containing little excess.
Usage:When the car repairs maxed out my already skimpy budget, I knew my shopping days were over. Discuss. Play

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Good vs. Well

A common stumbling block for native speakers and learners of English alike is the correct usage of "good" versus "well." In most instances, good is an attributive adjective directly describing a noun. What is "well"? More... 925 Sterling Silver 4mm Round Shape Reconstructed Turquoise Gems

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Nasserism is a political ideology based on the thinking of Gamal Abdel Nasser, who served as president of Egypt from 1956–70. Combining elements of Arab socialism, republicanism, nationalism, anti-imperialism, and non-alignment, it became one of the most potent political ideologies in the Arab world. Though Nasserism was tarnished when Nasser led the Arab world in the disastrous Six Day War of 1967, it is still espoused by some Egyptian political parties. Nasser died suddenly of what in 1970? More... Discuss

This Day in History


"CQD" Distress Signal Adopted (1904)

"CQD" was one of the first Morse code distress signals adopted for radio use. The Marconi Marine Communication Company began using it in 1904, but by 1908, "CQD" had largely been supplanted by "SOS," a simpler code. Contrary to popular belief, "CQD" does not stand for "Come Quick, Danger" or "Come Quickly: Distress." Rather, it combines the call "CQ"—a general call to all stations stemming from the French word sécurité—with "D" for "distress." What was its most famous use? More... Discuss

Today's Birthday


Ludwig III of Bavaria (1845)

Ludwig III, the last king of Bavaria, took an unusual path to the crown. His father Luitpold had ruled Bavaria for his insane nephews Ludwig II—a brilliant eccentric who was ultimately confined to a château—and Otto I. Ludwig III succeeded Luitpold as regent and reigned as king from 1913 to 1918. Ludwig's brief rule was tumultuous, coinciding with World War I and the German Revolution. He was the first monarch to be deposed in the revolution and fled Munich in November 1918. Where did he die? More... Discuss

Quotation of the Day

There is, one knows not what sweet mystery about this sea, whose gently awful stirrings seem to speak of some hidden soul beneath.

Herman Melville (1819-1891) Discuss


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n. A dark, fine-grained igneous rock; diabase
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Today's Holiday


Nanakusa Matsuri

Nanuska Matsuri is a Japanese ceremony dating back to the 9th century. It is also called Wakana-setsu ("Festival of Young Herbs"), or Jin-jitsu ("Man Day"), because it occurs on the zodiacal day for "man." After an offering to the clan deity in the morning, participants partake of nanakusa gayu, a rice gruel seasoned with seven different herbs that is said to have been served for its medicinal value to the young prince of the Emperor Saga. The herbs are shepherd's-purse, chickweed, parsley, cottonweed, radish, as well as herbs known as hotoke-no-za and aona in Japanese. More... Discuss


Idiom of the Day

be caught off (one's) guard

To be taken by surprise; to be caught when one is vulnerable, careless, or inattentive. More... Discuss