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ap-o-plec-tic

adj. :: Of, resembling, or produced by a sudden impairment of neurological function.

adj. :: Extremely angry; furious

"During this colloquy, Passepartout was as white as a sheet, and Fix seemed on the point of having an apoplectic fit." --Verne, Jules

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quib-ble

verb :: To evade the point of an argument for trivial reasons.

"Don't quibble about my spelling. Just tell me if my memo made sense."

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The number of subjects or objects that a verb refers to in a sentence is called its valence. A verb that has only one subject is called an intransitive verb. In these sentences, there is no receiver of the action. Examples:

Bob whispers all the time.
Jane was the prettiest girl in school.

A verb that takes a subject and an object is called a transitive verb. In these sentences, something receives the action. Sometimes the doer of the action is omitted from the sentence, but it still counts as a transitive verb. Examples:

Frank eats ice cream.
Sally kicked the ball.
The ball was kicked.

Some verbs can take a subject and two objects. These are called ditransitive verbs. Example:

Jane gives the dog a treat.

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ma-tric-u-la-tion

noun :: To admit or be admitted into a group, especially a college or university.

"If a policeman catches him in an unlawful act and proceeds to arrest him, the offender proclaims that he is a student, and perhaps shows his matriculation card, whereupon the officer asks for his address, then goes his way, and reports the matter at headquarters." --Twain, Mark

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o-bei-sance

noun :: A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage. Obedience.

"Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he, But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door-- Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door-- Perched, and sat, and nothing more." --Poe, Edgar Allan

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