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Noun: Flatfoot Definition: 1. A condition in which the arch of the instep is flattened so that the entire sole rests upon the ground. 2. Slang for police officer, especially a patrolman walking a regular beat. 3. Slang for a sailor. Sample sentence: In his latest movie, the actor plays an earnest flatfoot who is […]

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A baby’s physical characteristics and behavior aren’t always reliable indicators of what the future may hold. But a recent Canadian study says you should pay attention to at least one mannerism: the way your baby laughs. As reported in the Journal of Child Language, researchers in Montreal made tapes of mothers playing peek-a-boo with their […]

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Verb: Tutoyer (tew-twah-YAY) Definition: To address familiarly Sample sentence: The school is much more informal than it used to be with the students being able to tutoyer their teachers by their first names.

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A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part — or food — is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit […]

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Noun: Marginalia (mahr-juh-NAY-le-uh) Definition: 1. Marginal notes or embellishments (as in a book) 2. Nonessential items Sample sentence: The scrawled marginalia and cooking stains, the collective memory of shared feasts in the old cookbook told the story of the way family life used to be when I was a child.

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Organize your child’s medical history records and emergency medical contact information. Provide a copy of this information to your child’s school and any day care providers with instructions to take it with them to the emergency department if your child is sick or injured. The form should include information related to prescription medications, medical problems […]

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Noun: Pelf (PELF) Definition: Money, riches Sample sentence: No matter how much we have, we always seem to want a little more pelf.

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Shuffling your child back to school these days takes more than a new wardrobe and a shiny apple. As many as one in 20 children can’t see out of one of their eyes. This is a difficult observation for a parent to make. Vision testing by the child’s pediatrician, an optometrist or an opthamologist is […]

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Adjective: Apocryphal (uh-PAH-kruh-ful) Definition: Of doubtful authenticity Sample sentence: Claims that a pack of wolves had taken up residence near the campsite were believed to be apocryphal until their tracks were discovered last week.

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This is the perfect time to have your heating systems checked and cleaned. The service person can check for leaks and clean out mold and dust that can make you sick. A well functioning heating system can help prevent problems with carbon monoxide gas.

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