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Adjective: Grotesque (groh-TESK) Definition: 1. Fanciful, bizarre 2. Absurdly incongruous 3. Departing markedly from the natural, the expected, or the typical Sample sentence: Gargoyles with twisted faces and grotesque features leered down from the medieval cathedral.

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Swimmer’s Ear is an infection of the ear and/or outer ear canal, which can cause the ear to itch or become red and inflamed. More common in children and young adults, movement or touching the ear can be extremely painful. Reduce your risk of getting Swimmer’s Ear. Dry your ears after swimming. Check with the […]

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Noun: Flivver (FLIV-er) Definition: a small, cheap, usually old automobile. Sample sentence: Kevin plans to keep his new convertible off the roads during the harsh, cold months when streets are salted and sanded, so he is looking for a flivver to use as a winter beater.

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Resist the urge to stay up later during long summer days. Instead pay attention to good sleep hygiene by keeping the same bedtime and wake-up schedule and not drinking alcohol within three hours of bedtime. It’s also a good idea to avoid naps during the day unless you take them every day at the same […]

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Adjective: Sagacious (suh-GAY-shus) Definition: 1. Of keen and farsighted penetration and judgment 2. Caused by or indicating acute discernment Sample sentence: Uncle John tried to stump Natalie with a series of riddles, bur for each one, the sagacious child managed to get the correct answer.

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Summer’s a great time to skip drinks with hard alcohol and choose a light, chilled alcoholic beverage (unless you are pregnant or should not drink for health or other reasons). A sangria (table wine diluted with juice), a cold beer, or a wine spritzer are all refreshing but light. In moderation — defined as one […]

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Noun: Netsuke (NETS-kay) Definition: A small and often intricately carved toggle (as of wood, ivory or metal) used to fasten a small container to a kimono sash. Sample Sentence: During the Tokugawa period in Japan, from 1603-1868, the netsuke was an indispensable item of dress and often, a fine work of miniature art.

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Improve your heart health: take advantage of summer’s slower schedule by using your vacation time to unwind. Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease.

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Adjective: Convoluted (KAHN-vuh-loo-tud) Definition: 1. Having many twists and curves 2. Involved, intricate Sample sentence: According to my sister’s convoluted reasoning, I still owed her $20.

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Pick one outdoor activity — going on a hike, taking a nature walk, playing games such as tag with your kids, cycling, roller blading, or swimming — to shed that cooped-up feeling of gym workouts. And remember, the family that plays together not only gets fit together — it’s also a great way to create […]

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