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perspire

Definition: To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.
Synonyms: sudate, sweat

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one-up (someone)

To make a point of outdoing, outperforming, outclassing, etc., someone.

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Emancipation Day (Hutchinson, Kansas)

Emancipation Day typically commemorates the day African-American slaves were freed in the United States. That event is celebrated annually in Hutchinson, Kansas, on the first weekend in August. The weekend typically kicks off with a social event on Friday night and features a parade on Saturday morning. Following the parade and opening ceremonies, participants gather for a picnic in the park with food and drink vendors. Entertainment includes concerts featuring jazz, blues, or Gospel performers, and the weekend concludes with an ice cream social on Sunday afternoon. More...

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It's worth a fellow's while to be born into the world, if only to fall right asleep.
Herman Melville
(1819-1891)

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Today's topic: proportion

ad valorem - A type of customs duties, from Latin, meaning "in proportion to the value." More...

analogy - Comes from Greek analogia, "a proportion," such as 2/10 = 10/X, a way of calculating unknown quantities. More...

bonsai - Comes from Japanese words meaning "tray planting" and involves growing and pruning so that all parts of the plant—flowers, leaves, and stems—are in proportion. More...

reason - From Latin ratio, "thinking," and associated with the ideas of right order, proportion, or harmony. More...


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