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Noun: Buffoon   (ba-FOON) Definition: 1. A ludicrous figure: clown 2. A gross and usually ill-educated or stupid person Sample sentence: Joe was really out of place at the fancy restaurant, looking like a buffoon in his blue jeans and ratty flannel shirt.

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If more people at high risk for cardiac disease ate dark chocolate daily, there might be fewer heart attacks and strokes. That conclusion comes from a team of Australian researchers who explored the long-term benefits of chocolate – already known to be heart protective – via a mathematical model. They based the model on more […]

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Noun: Scaramouch  (SKAIR-uh-moosh) Definition: 1. A cowardly buffoon 2. A rascal or scamp Sample sentence: Dorothy was wary about lending money to her uncle, a  scaramouch who never took responsibility for his actions.

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It’s quite common for blood pressure to vary from one arm to another. Typically, the pressure is a little higher in the dominant arm; for example, right-handed people will have higher readings in their right arms. According to the American Heart Association, if the difference between your two arms is 10 millimeters of mercury or […]

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Noun: Weald  (WEELD) Definition: 1. Heavily wooded area: forest 2. A wild or uncultivated usually upland region Sample sentence: The artist had a perfect view from his cabin window of a lush weald, providing him with  great inspiration for his latest painting.

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The body mass index (BMI) is the ratio of your weight in kilos to the square of your height in meters and can be used to determine if you’re at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. But two new studies from England suggest that doctors should set aside BMI and focus on their patients’ waist […]

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Noun: Aught  (AWT) Definition: 1. All, everything 2. Anything Sample sentence: He dropped, dead, into the shallow water, but I was too late for aught but sadness.

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The hassle of air travel these days is bad enough, but that stress is independent of what appears to be a newly recognized type of headache – a severe one that comes on when the plane is landing. Airplane headaches were first reported in medical literature in 2004 and more cases have been noted since […]

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Adjective: Tonsorial  ( tahn-SOR-ee-ul) Definition:  Of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber. Sample sentence: When Tom returned to work after the weekend, it was obvious he had experienced a tonsorial encounter because we could actually see his ears for the first time.

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Noun: Oriflamme  (OR-uh-flam) Definition: A banner, symbol, or ideal inspiring devotion or courage. Sample sentence: For many Americans, the photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising served as an oriflamme and a reminder of the sacrifices and courage of the American servicemen.

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