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Noun: Catachresis (kat-uh-KREE-sis) Definition: 1. Use of the wrong word for the context. 2. Use of a forced and especially paradoxical figure of speech. Sample sentence: Thanks to the many online dictionaries, I can avoid catachresis in my writings by looking up unfamiliar words with just a few clicks.

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Drowsiness may actually impair the part of your brain that helps you say no to junk food, according to new research from Harvard. Folks who reported feeling sleepier during the day had less activity in their brain’s prefrontal cortex (HQ of decsion making) when shown images of high calorie foods such as cheesecake and ice […]

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Noun: Jitney (JIT-nee) Definition: 1. A small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule. 2. An unlicensed taxicab. Sample sentence: After doing some shopping along the boardwalk, we took a jitney back to our hotel.

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An herbal remedy commonly used for depression, St. John’s Wort can make some drugs, including birth control pills, less effective. St. John’s Wort speeds up the breakdown of many drugs, lowering their levels in the bloodstream. Drugs besides birth control pills include blood thinners and anti-anxiety pills. Go to Health.com/st-johns-wort for a full list of […]

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Adjective: Pediculous (pih-DIK-yuh-lus) Definition: Infected with lice Sample sentence: Several third-graders had to be treated for lice after being exposed to a pediculous classmate.

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Skip grapefruit and its juice if you’re taking an antihistamine for a cold or allergies. A compound in grapefruit alters an enzyme that helps break down certain drugs in your body. That can lead to too much of the medicine being absorbed, potentially boosting side effects like drowsiness. Check Health.com/grapefruit-meds for a complete list of […]

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A recent study discovered that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – which include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen – can reduce the effectiveness of the commonly used class of antidepressant called selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft and Celexa. Fifteen percent fewer subjects responded to SSRIs when taking NSAIDs compared to those not on […]

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Noun: layman (LAY-mun) Definition: 1. A person who is not a member of the clergy 2. A person who does not belong to a particular profession or who is not expert in some field Sample sentence: The Nobel laureate’s book is an introduction to physics that, despite its depth and detail, remains quite accessible to […]

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Adjective: Tawdry (TAW-dree) Definition: 1. Gaudy, showy and cheap 2. Low or mean Sample sentence: The mother refused to let her daughter wear the tawdry jewelry and sloppy clothes to school, even though she was informed it was the latest style.

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Researchers at Britain’s Roehampton University questioned 1,068 men and women about their eating and sleeping habits as well as how they rated their levels of happiness, anxiety and their physical health and weight. The results suggest that early birds are slimmer, healthier and happier than people who stay up later and get up later. Other […]

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