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Remember, RememberGuy Fawkes Night


Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night, is an annual celebration on the evening of the 5th November. It celebrates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot on the 5th November, 1605. The Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt by English Catholics on King James I of England (James VI of Scotland). and kill the Protestant king, his family and most of the aristocracy. Guy Fawkes, an explosives expert, was discovered below the houses of Parliament, on the evening of the 5th November, with 36 barrels of gunpowder. He was taken to the Tower of London and interrogated under torture. Eventually he confessed and told them of the other conspirators involved. For such an act of treason, all who were related to or who knew about it were executed, in a most terrible manner, which I shall not detail. Today, the UK celebrates this event with an evening of bonfires and pyrotechnics. There is also a famous rhyme used to remember the day (the rhythm is in bold): Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I see no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. Bonfire (n.) a large fire built in the open air, for warmth, entertainment, or celebration, to burn leaves, garbage, etc., or as a signal. Foil (v.) to prevent the success of something (often a plan). Gunpowder (n.)an explosive mixture, as of potassium nitrate, sulfur, and charcoal, used in shells and cartridges, in fireworks, for blasting, etc. Aristocracy (n.) a class of persons holding exceptional rank and privileges, like Vol. 4 Page 1 The plot intended to blow up the Houses of Parliament, in London, during the State Opening

nobility, who rule a government or state. Barrel (n.) ()a cylindrical wooden container with slightly bulging sides and with flat ends. Interrogate (v.) to ask questions of (a person), sometimes to seek answers or information that the person questioned considers personal or secret. Execute (v.) to inflict capital punishment on; put to death according to law. Conspirator (n.) a person who takes part in a conspiracy; plotter. Treason (n.) the act (or offence) of overthrowing one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign (king / queen). Pyrotechnics (n.) fireworks Rhyme (n.) a poem or piece of verse that uses rhymes, which are words that have similar sound, i.e. a kind mind may find a good time. Rhythm (n.) the regular or irregular repetition of an element of writing. In this case, the sentence stress for correctly telling the rhyme. American and British English pronunciation differences Here are some more single differences in vowel sounds. Remember that not all English and Americans will pronounce this way, depending on where they are from and what they have been influenced by. British American Words sound sound // // ogle, phonetician, processor, progress (noun), sloth, wont, wroth // // accomplice, accomplish, colander, constable, monetary, (fish/iron/e.t.c.)-monger. American and British English spelling differences Nouns ending in -ce with -se verb forms.

Usually

Noun (-ce) advice device advise devise

Verb (-se)

However,
American English

Noun (-ce) practice license (UK: licence)

Verb (-se) practice (UK: practise) license

And they
also differ with:

American English defense pretense offense

British English defence pretence offence

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DDerivatives such as defensive, offensive, and pretension are always thus spelled in both systems.

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