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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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Verb: Bedizen (bih-DYE-zun) Definition: To dress or adorn gaudily. Sample sentence: The children had a lot of fun digging in the old trunk and having the chance to bedizen themselves with the fancy dresses, jewelry and scarves.

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Rest is as important as physical activity for general health. Identify periods during the day when you can be passive, without stimulation, doing nothing, and make time for them. Consider the following when planning rest into your schedule: 1. Try to get into the habit of napping: ten to twenty minutes in the afternoon, preferably […]

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Part of the cruciferous vegetable group, cauliflower is a refrigerator must-have. It is rich in antioxidants, notably indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which research indicates may help protect against cancers and heart disease. It’s also inexpensive; a good source of vitamins C and K, fiber and folic acid; low in calories and versatile. Eat it raw, steamed, baked, […]

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Noun: Nebbish (NEB-ish) Definition: A timid, meek or ineffectual person. Sample sentence: As a teenager, Lyle was a nebbish who could never stand up to the bullies who gave him such a hard time.

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