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Noun: Hiatus (hye-AY-tus) Definition: 1. A break in or gap in a material object. 2. An interruption in time or continuity. 3. The occurrence of two vowel sounds without pause or intervening consonantal sound. Sample sentence: The band had several hits in the 80′s and then went on hiatus.

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Adjective: Recalcitrant (rih-KAL-suh-trunt) Definition: 1. Obstinately defiant of authority or restraint. 2. Difficult to manage or operate, not responsive to treatment: resistant. Sample sentence: Anna’s doctor ordered a week of complete bed rest, but, ever recalcitrant when it comes to doctors’ orders, she was up and baking a cake after two days.

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Here’s a headline that could add up to new respect for fruits and vegetables: researchers in Scotland have found that the more fresh produce you eat, the healthier – and better – your skin looks and the more you’re perceived as attractive. The investigators from the University of St. Andrews looked at skin changes associated […]

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Verb: Skulk (SKULK) Definition: 1. To move in a stealthy or furtive manner. 2. To hide or conceal something or oneself, often out of cowardice or fear, or with sinister intent. Sample sentence: The handsome gray bird would usually skulk around in the bushes every morning, waiting for me to fill the feeder.

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If your car has heated seats, you may have noticed an occasional rash on the back of your legs. That’s “toasted skin syndrome,” a new condition reported in the February 2012 issue of the Archives of Dermatology. The rash, known medically as erythema ab igne (EAI), indicates that you’ve been exposed to heat but haven’t […]

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Verb: Pacify (PASS-uh-fye) Definition: 1. To allay the anger or agitation of: soothe 2. To restore to a tranquil state; settle. Also, to reduce to a submissive state: subdue. Sample sentence: Aunt Mabel claimed she had the magic touch to pacify a cranky baby, and indeed, as soon as she picked up her infant nephew […]

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Can imbibing too many carbonated drinks make you fat? The answer to this persistent rumor isn’t as simple as yes or no. While the fizziness of carbonated drinks is not a direct contributor to weight gain, once you factor in the unhealthy amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners and caffeine that carbonated sodas contain, adding unwanted […]

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Noun: Tranche (TRAHNSH) Definition: A division or portion of a pool or whole Sample sentence: The money from the lottery will be doled out to the winner a tranch at a time over a five year span.

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If you live in California, chances are you sleep better than the folks in the deep south, the U.S. region where residents report the most sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue according to a recent investigation. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed data collected nationally by the U.S. Centers […]

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Adjective: Agog (uh-GAHG) Definition: Full of intense interest or excitement: eager Sample sentence: Everyone was agog over the rumor that a famous actress would be coming to town to shoot her next movie.

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