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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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Here’s another reason to increase the amount of fish in your diet, particularly if you’re female: a new study shows that eating three servings of fish per week appears to cut the risk of developing colon polyps that could lead to cancer. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee […]

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