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Noun: Kitsch  (KITCH) Definition: 1. Something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality. 2. A tacky or lowbrow quality or condition. Sample sentence: The country store seemed to sell mostly cheaply made kitsch and other tacky memorabilia.

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Want to promote healthy skin and proper digestion? Interested in a natural detoxifier? Water is a basic necessity. The body is more than two-thirds water, and keeping it hydrated is vital. Some reasons to sip H2O include: 1. Healthy blood and bones. Your blood is over 80 percent water and your bones over 50 percent […]

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Verb: Rebuff   (rih-BUFF) Definition: To reject or criticize sharply. Sample sentence:  I offered my sister several helpful suggestions on her new career wardrobe, but I knew she would probably rebuff them all.

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In addition to consuming oversize portions that quickly exceed a prudent calorie intake, eating too much fast food appears to dramatically raise the risk of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. New research from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health suggests that indulging in just one fast food meal per week increases […]

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Adjective: Inimitable  (in-IM-it-uh-bul) Definition: Not capable of being imitated: matchless Sample sentence: As hard as I tried to make biscuits like my grandmother, her recipe was inimitable.

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If you’ve been thinking about an exercise program, it’s about time to get off the couch. A new study from Harvard suggests that inactivity can be as hazardous to your health as smoking and that a sedentary lifestyle is the cause of one in 10 deaths worldwide. The research team included investigators from 33 countries […]

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Verb: Gainsay  (gayn-SAY) Definition: 1. To declare to be untrue or invalid 2. To contradict, oppose Sample sentence: There is no doubt that their work makes a useful contribution, but it does not provide enough evidence to gainsay the conclusions of earlier scholars.

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Many women think that exercise might aggravate hot flashes, but Penn State researchers found just the opposite in a group of women who reported “mild to moderate” menopausal symptoms. The 92 women who participated in the study wore accelerometers to monitor their physical activity, as well as monitors to measure skin conductance, which varies with […]

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Verb: Inspissate  ( in-SPISS-ayt) Definition: To make or become thick or thicker. The recipe said the stew would begin to inspissate after it simmered for about an hour.

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Snopes.com, a rumor-investigating site, recently reprinted a piece titled “Star Fruit Can Kill” that has circulated on the Internet since at least May of 2008. The piece asserts that a kidney patient in Malaysia went into a coma and died after eating carambola, popularly known as star fruit due to the star-shaped cross sections it […]

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