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Noun: Aphorism  (A-fuh-riz-um) Definition: 1. A concise statement of a principle. 2. A terse formulation of a truth or sentiment: adage. Sample sentence: When decorating, remember the familiar aphorism, “less is more.”

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We usually think of gazpacho as a refreshing summer treat, but researchers from the University of Barcelona in Spain have shown that the traditional spicy blend of tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and olive oil can help control high blood pressure year round. The study examined the effect of gazpacho consumption in 3,995 individuals as part of […]

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Adjective: Gnomic  (NOH-mik) Definition: 1. Characterized by aphorism. 2. Given to the composition of aphoristic writing. Sample sentence: Some critics have praised the young artist’s gnomic utterances, while others argue that her sayings are simply pretentious rubbish.

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Do you look both ways before crossing the street? Not likely, reports a team of researchers at the University of Washington. They observed the behavior of more than 1,000 people as they crossed 20 high-risk intersections in Seattle during the summer of 2012. Only 25 percent of walkers looked both ways before crossing. Nearly one-third […]

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Have you ever had a bad case of indigestion after a meal? Also called dyspepsia, indigestion is a term used to describe a feeling of fullness or discomfort during or after a meal. It can be accompanied by burning or pain in the upper stomach. It might be because the chef didn’t properly prepare what was […]

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Noun: Relict  (REL-ikt) Definition: 1. A surviving species of an otherwise extinct group of organisms; also,  a remnant of a formerly widespread species that persists in an isolated area. 2. Something left unchanged. Sample sentence: This rare plant is a relict of a once abundant genus.

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Eyestrain is a common cause of headaches. Eyestrain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as driving a car for extended periods, reading or working at a computer. Although eyestrain can be annoying, it usually isn’t serious and goes away once you rest your eyes. In some cases, signs and symptoms of […]

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Adverb: Piggyback  (PIG-ee-bak) Definition: 1. Up on the back and shoulders. 2. On or as if on the back of another; especially: on a railroad flatcar. Sample sentence: The youngest of the hikers had the advantage of riding piggyback through the muddy fields.

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Verb: Cajole  (kuh-JOHL) Definition: 1 a.  To persuade with flattery or gentle urging: coax. b.  To obtain from someone by gentle persuasion. 2. To deceive with soothing words or false promises. Sample sentence: Brianna was able to cajole some money from her father before leaving for the movies.  

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The secret may be serving fruits and vegetables at dinner and actually sitting down for a family meal. A new study from England’s University of Leeds found that youngsters who eat with their parents take in 1.6 more servings of fruits and vegetables than kids from families that don’t dine together. Another helpful strategy: cutting […]

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