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Word of the Day: Quasar

quasar (noun) – a massive and extremely remote celestial object, emitting exceptionally large amounts of energy, and typically having a starlike image in a telescope. It has been suggested that quasars contain massive black holes and may represent a stage in the evolution of some galaxies.

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SAT with “Friends” – Part 19

SAT-com Vocabulary - Friends

Need more Vocabulary help? Check out this clip from Friends to help you learn another critical SAT word.

- Mal

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Word of the Day: Vortex

vortex (noun) – a mass of whirling fluid or air, esp. a whirlpool or whirlwind

Synonyms: cyclone, eddy, gyre, maelstrom, spiral, swirl, whirlpool, whirlwind

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SAT with “Friends” – Part 18

SAT-com Vocabulary - Friends

We’re back with more help from Friends. Watch this video to help you study for your SATs!

- Mal

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Word of the Day: Subjugate

subjugate (verb) – bring under domination or control, esp. by conquest

Synonyms: coerce, compel, conquer, crush, defeat, enslave, enthrall, force, overcome, overthrow, quash, quell, reduce, rule, subdue, suppress, tame, triumph, vanquish

Antonym: detach, discharge, emancipate, free, liberate, manumit, release, rescue, save, unbind, unchain, unhook, unshackle

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SAT with “Friends” – Part 17

SAT-com Vocabulary - Friends

Check out our latest Friends SAT Vocabulary Video. Enjoy!

- Mal

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Word of the Day: Notarize

notarize (verb) – have (a document) legalized by a notary

Synonyms: attest, authenticate, document, endorse, register, sign, swear, validate, verify, witness

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SAT with “Friends” – Part 16

SAT-com Vocabulary - Friends

SAT-com is here with another helpful Vocabulary building word from Friends. Enjoy!

- Mal

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Word of the Day: Impeach

impeach (verb) – call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice)

Synonyms: accuse, arraign, blame, challenge, charge, criminate, criticize, discredit, disparage, hold at fault, impugn, incriminate, inculpate, indict, prosecute, query, question, reprehend, reprimand, reprobate, tax, try

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SAT with “Friends” – Part 15

SAT-com Vocabulary - Friends

We’re back with more videos! Starting with one from Friends. Here you go:

- Mal

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Word of the Day: Lugubrious

lugubrious (adj.) – looking or sounding sad and dismal

Synonyms: bleak, cheerless, depressive, dismal, dispiriting, distressing, doleful, dour, dreary, foreboding, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, joyless, lugubrious, melancholy, miserable, morose, mournful, ominous, oppressive, serious, sinister, solemn, sombre, sorrowful, unhappy, woebegone, woeful

Antonyms: animated, assured, blithe, bright, bubbly, buoyant, calm, cheerful, confident, content, eager, ebullient, elated, emboldened, enthusiastic, exuberant, faithful, genial, glad, happy, jolly, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, merry, reassured, sanguine, satisfied, serene, sunny, trusting, unflagging, upbeat

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Word of the Day: Notarize

notarize (verb) – have (a document) legalized by a notary

Synonyms: attest, authenticate, document, endorse, register, sign and seal, swear, validate, verify, witness

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Word of the Day: Plagiarize

plagiarize (verb) – take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one’s own

Synonyms: acquire, adopt, assume, clone, copy, counterfeit, fake, filch, forge, imitate, mirror, pilfer, pirate, portray, reduplicate, reflect, repeat, replicate, represent, reproduce, rewrite, simulate, steal, take, trace, transcribe, use, usurp

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Word of the Day: Gerrymander

gerrymander (verb) – manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class

Synonyms: doctor, engineer, fake, falsify, fiddle with, fix, juggle, manipulate, tamper with, trump up

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Word of the Day: Unctuous

unctuous (adj.) – a person who is excessively flattering; oily

Synonyms: cringing, effusive, fawning, glib, greasy, groveling, gushing, humble, hypocritical, ingratiating, insincere, obsequious, oily, servile, slick, slimy, slippery, smarmy, smooth, subservient, sycophantic

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Word of the Day: Antebellum

antebellum (adj.) – occurring or existing before a particular war, esp. the American Civil War

Synonyms: pre-Civil War, prewar, prior to the war

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Build a Bibliography with OttoBib

Need a simple solution to help you compile a bibliography? Try out OttoBib! This no frills site simply asks you to fill out the books ISBN:

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Hit “Get Citation” and you will be provided with the necessary information for MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, BibTeX or Wikipedia. You can see the difference in style here:

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So head on over to OttoBib to try it out.
- Mal

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Word of the Day: Chromosome

chromosome (noun) – a threadlike structure of nucleic acids and protein found in the nucleus of most living cells, carrying genetic information in the form of genes

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Check out Chegg

Looking to save money on school textbooks? Try out Chegg!

Founded in 2001 by three Iowa State University students, the site was created in order to provide an alternative to purchasing expensive course materials by allowing students to rent their textbooks instead.

Students seem to like the service because their revenues went from $10 million in 2008 to $10 million in January of 2009 alone.

Here’s how it works:

Chegg

Interesting fact: Chegg is a contraction of the words chicken and egg, based on the founders’ experience after graduating from college: they couldn’t land a job without experience, but couldn’t get experience without a job, or a chicken and egg type quandary.

Chegg is also continuing to expand with their eTextbooks, which offer you a greener way to study with lots of added perks. Check out this video to learn more about this new service:

And head over to Chegg to see if they offer books for your College courses.
- Mal

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Word of the Day: Oxidize

oxidize (verb) – combine or become combined chemically with oxygen

Synonyms: burn, corrode, heat, rust

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