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Adjective: Unabashed (un-uh-BASHT) Definition: Not disconcerted, undistinguished, unapologetic. Sample sentence: I will admit that I am an unabashed fan of the Singing Bee.

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Don’t count on a big breakfast to promote weight loss. Earlier research suggested that a hearty morning meal cuts down on your appetite – and calorie intake – at lunch and dinner. Apparently not. A new study from Germany found that eating a breakfast that totaled 400 calories more than a small one didn’t change […]

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Verb: Oppugn (uh-PYOON) Definition: 1. To fight against 2. To call in question Sample sentence: The local papers have begun to oppugn the candidate’s claims, arguing that the facts do not support her statements about her past business ventures.

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Some decreased hearing ability seems inevitable with age – a new study found that the prevalence of partial hearing loss is about 21 percent in adults aged 48 to 59 years, but rises to 90 percent in those over 80. The investigators, from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, analyzed data […]

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Verb: Kowtow (KOW-tow) Definition: 1. To fawn or show excessive attention 2. To kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in a token of homage, worship or deep respect Sample sentence: It’s not honorable to kowtow to the extremes so you can preserve your political career.

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Perhaps best known as the source of “fur” on novelty planters called Chia Pets, chia is the highly nutritious seed of a desert plant called Salvia hispanica. An important part of the diet of ancient Aztecs and Mayans, chia seed is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vital minerals including calcium, phosphorus and […]

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Noun: Malediction (mal-uh-DIK-shun) Definition: A curse Sample sentence: The old woman began calling on the spirits to heap a malediction on the old man.

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Furry on the outside and emerald green on the inside, the kiwi is an odd-looking fruit that packs a healthy punch. It not only offers a generous amount of vitamin C – approximately 95% of the recommended daily value in one fruit – but is also high in other antioxidants, a good source of fiber, […]

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Adjective: Gregarious (grih-GAIR-ee-us) Definition: 1. Tending to associatte with others of one kind; also, marked by or indicating liking for companionship. 2. Growing in a cluster or colony; also, living in contiguous nests but not forming a true colony – used especially of wasps and bees. Sample sentence: My traveling companion is a gregarious soul […]

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Sitting at a desk all day is part of the problem – too many office workers get no on-the-job exercise. Also to blame are the lack of workplace facilities to store and eat food, the absence of on-site gyms, work related stress and overtime. These conclusions came from a study of obesity and workplace conditions […]

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