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Adjective: Loquacious (loh-KWAY-shus) Definition: 1. Full of excessive talk: wordy 2. Given to fluent or excessive talk: garrulous Sample sentence: The children were loquacious on the car ride back from the zoo, chattering endlessly about all the animals they saw.

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Verb: Carp (KAHRP) Definition: To find fault or complain querulously. Sample sentence: Kate protested that her boss seemed to do nothing but carp and interfere, never praising or encouraging her.

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A diet enriched with grapes seems to have a dramatic effect on eyesight – at least in a special breed of mice prone to develop retinal damage when they get older. These findings spurred suggestions that grapes might also help protect humans against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. […]

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Verb: Alleviate (uh-LEE-vee-ayt) Definition: 1. Relieve, lessen 2. To make more bearable 3. To partially remove or correct Sample sentence: Mom suggested using ibuprofen and tea to help alleviate some of the misery of my cold.

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It’s about that time when people give their homes a spring cleaning. It is a good idea to keep a clean, uncluttered home: it can promote productivity and organization, instill a sense of calm and order, and help manage and prevent unhealthy bacteria. This year, why not add environmentally friendly cleaning products to your routine? […]

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Noun: Cockalorum (kah-kuh-LOR-um) Definition: 1. A boastful and self-important person. 2. Boastful talk. Sample sentence: No one believed Marty’s cockalorum about being an expert pool player, and as it turned out, he was indeed just as bad as the rest of us.

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How often do you read the newspaper? Write an email or a letter? What about reading books or playing games that take some brainpower? A new study suggests that the more you enjoyed doing all of those things from about age six to age 40, the lower your chances of forming the beta-amyloid plaques believed […]

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If you suspect that an overweight physician is less likely to advise overweight patients to shape up, you’re right. A new study from Johns Hopkins found that physicians with a normal body mass index (BMI) are much more likely to discuss weight loss with patients who need to drop excess pounds than are doctors who […]

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Noun: Sylph (SILF) Definition: 1. An elemental being in the theory of Paracelsus that inhabits air. 2. A slender graceful woman or girl. Sample sentence: The dancer was a lovely, elegant sylph upon the stage.

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Noun: Incunabulum (in-kyuh-Nab-yuh-lum) Definition: 1. A book printed before 1501. 2. A work of art or of industry of an early period. Sample sentence: The tiny college has a library with a display case that contains an incunabulum from the time of Columbus’ voyage to the New World.

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