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Noun: Shindig (SHIN-dig) Definition: 1. A social gathering with dancing. 2. A large and lavish party. 3. Fracas, uproar. Sample sentence: We’re hosting a little shindig this weekend for some friends, and we hope you can attend.

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Noun: Boffin (BAH-fin) Definition: Scientific expert; especially one involved in technological research. Sample sentence: The auto manufacturer’s new boffin has become a driving force in reshaping the company’s product line.

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You have to recognize and acknowledge that some of your actions are unhealthy. Admit that you have a health condition that requires you to change your lifestyle. Even without a health condition we still need a healthy lifestyle to prevent chronic disease. One suggestion is keeping a diary or writing your behaviors down (such as […]

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Before you eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, perform a short ritual to help you savor every bite and possibly eat less. When researchers had volunteers break a wrapped chocolate bar in half and unwrap each half before eating it, the volunteers enjoyed the chocolate more than when they chowed down without specific directions. Perform a […]

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Verb: Etiolate (EE-tee-uh-layt) Definition: 1. To make pale. 2. To deprive of natural vigor: make feeble. Sample sentence: The bean plants that Grace grew for her lab project were weakened and she noted their lack of exposure to sunlight caused them to etiolate.

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Adjectve: Agonistic (ag-uh-NISS-tik) Definition: 1. Argumentative. 2. Striving for effect: strained. 3. Of, relating to, or being aggressive or defensive social interaction (as fighting, fleeing, or submitting) between individuals usually of the same species. Sample sentence: No matter how much we try to get along, there is always an agonistic moment between my sister and […]

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Work schedules and family life can make old — and often unhealthy — habits particularly easy to fall back into. And unhealthy habits damage more than your waistline, they can be dangerous to your heart as well. The American Heart Association reports that unhealthy behaviors can slow the process in reducing heart disease and stroke […]

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People call wrinkles at the corners of the eyes “crow’s feet.” If you have wrinkles between your eyebrows, those are called “frown lines.” Small muscle movements could cause wrinkles. Over your lifetime, frowning, smiling, or squinting can cause wrinkles. You can take steps to reduce the wrinkles. For example, wear sunglasses to avoid squinting in […]

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Adjective: Incipient (in-SIP-ee-unt) Definition: Beginning to come into being or to become apparent. Sample sentence: The project is still in its incipient stages, and the company has yet to reveal many details to the general public.

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Adjective: Proximate (PRAHK-shu-mut) Definition: 1. Immediately preceding or following: as in a chain of events, causes or effects. 2. Very near: close 3. Soon forthcoming: imminent. Sample sentence: The proximate cause of the disaster appeared to be human error, but the ultimate fault lay with the company’s lax safety policies.

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