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Adjective: Parochial (puh-ROH-kee-ul) Definition: 1. Of or relating to a church parish. 2. Limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region): provincial, narrow. Sample sentence: The book is marred by the parochial viewpoint of its author, who fails to take into account the interplay between local and global economies.

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You’re more likely to get a good night’s sleep if you perform moderate exercise for at least 150 minutes a week – that’s only 30 minutes a day for five days. This finding from Oregon State University comes after reviewing data on more than 3,000 adults between ages 18 and 85 who participated in the […]

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Adverb or adjective: Incommunicado (in-kuh-myoo-nuh-KAH-doh) Definition: Without means of communication: in a situation or state not allowing communication. Sample sentence: Human rights groups continue to petition the government to allow them access to prisoners who are being held incommunicado.

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The most popular spice in the world, black, green and white peppercorns all come from the black pepper plant (Piper nigrum), native to Asia. Black pepper is the whole, partially ripened fruit; green is the unripe fruit; and white is the peeled seed. Black pepper is a proven antibacterial agent, and compounds in this spice […]

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Adjective: Maladroit (mal-uh-DROYT) Definition: Lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations: inept. Sample sentence: Jim’s maladroit management of the construction project caused it to take months longer than expected to be completed.

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The best cure for a hang-over is prevention. Of course, if you don’t imbibe in the first place, you won’t end up with the cotton mouth, aching head, and upset stomach on the morning after the night before. But if you do indulge with a few cocktails, here are a couple tips to ease the […]

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Adjective: Dulcet (DUL-sut) Definition: 1. Sweet to the taste. 2. Pleasing to the ear. 3. Generally pleasing or agreeable. Sample sentence: At the concert, Kate leaned back in her seat, closed her eyes, and enjoyed the dulcet tones of the harp solo.

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First of all, exercise – even a daily 45 minute walk four days a week – can cut your risks of catching colds. This advice from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is based on findings that people who do that amount of exercise take 25 to 50 percent less time off from work […]

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Noun: Duckboard (DUK-bord) Definition: A boardwalk or slatted flooring laid on a wet, muddy, or cold surface; usually used in plural. Sample sentence: Someone had laid duckboards across the marshy area of the path so that it was passable.

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Cutting down on salt may help your bones. That’s the word from Australian researchers who found that middle-aged women following a low-salt diet to control high blood pressure excreted less calcium than women on a high carbohydrate, low-fat diet. The investigators suggested that the change in urinary excretion of calcium could benefit bones in the […]

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